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Monday, January 08, 2018

Actress Meg Otanwan Writes Open Memo To President Buhari..

The Beautiful actress is calling on the President to protect Nigerians Irrespective of tribe or color...



Dear President Muhammadu Buhari,


One fateful day I received numerous calls from home: "A u Fulani! A u fulani!! E ku pewa eh," meaning, "The Fulanis! The Fulanis! They've come again!" It was Jan 17th last year, the herdsmen had attacked a neighbouring village and the villagers had run into our village for safety. The marauders took lives and left a trail of destruction behind them.


These attacks have been going on as far back as I can remember. I remember my grandmother hiding some of my siblings and I under the bed because "a u fulani" were coming. That was well over 20 years ago. We had travelled home for Christmas and on this fateful day, villagers ran back from their farms covered in blood and tears from herdsmen attacks. That was my first memory and encounter with the name "Fulani".



In June of 2017, I lost my cousin, Sunday Fabian Otanwa, in the hands of these same herdsmen in Makurdi. Sunday was in the police force, he was deployed to a village to protect the people. He and his colleagues became a target for the herdsmen, they launched another attack just to kill the security personnel in the villages. Sunday was killed.


Please tell me Mr President, are we second class Nigerians? Why must we continue to suffer in the hands of these faceless barbaric criminals? They come to kill and claim our ancestral land.
The people of Benue State are predominantly farmers. That is what they know. Benue State did not become "the Food Basket of the nation" for nothing. Farming is the means of livelihood for most people in Benue State. So when they attack our crops, they attack our very existence.


The Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment of Ranches law has been signed since May 2017. So why are we still left to fight these criminals off our lands? These attacks and killings have persisted and worsened over the years in places as disparate as Plateau, Kaduna, Enugu among other parts of the country.


Mr President Sir, with all due respect, we do not need your condolences anymore. We've received enough of that for over 20 plus years. Open grazing is now against the law.


 The governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has cried out to the federal government for help. He is not the Commander In Chief; you are, sir. So please deploy the army to protect and secure Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Enugu and every other part of Nigeria that has experienced these vicious attacks and yet still remains under threat. Why send the army to stop protesters? They are only speaking out in a bid to protect their lands and livelihood. If you are indeed for all Nigerians, please do what is required of a leader: let the affected communities see and feel that the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria cares about them, not only through words, but also through action.


The activities of these mysterious Fulani herdsmen continue to oppress my people and my home, Benue. I also believe that it is necessary to point out at the same time that this isn't a fight between Fulani people and other ethnicity's of this great country, because not all Fulanis perpetrate such wicked acts, in the same way that not all Nigerians are out to cheat or scam people; this is a war between good and evil, between light and darkness, between men bent on destroying lives and properties and those who wish to live in peace and a shared prosperity. 


I urge you, sir, to be on the right side of history by choosing to defend and protect all that is good and just; I pray you will find the moral strength and conviction to fight on the side of justice, for it is only under the banner of justice that peace can truly thrive.


My name is Meg Otanwa and I call on you as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to protect your people whether they be Fulani, Idoma, Tiv, Hausa, Igbo, or Yoruba.


Thank you.



14 comments:

  1. Nice one. We need more of this

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  2. I can't understand how any human being with a soul can sincerely support this demon called Buhari.
    Why would anyone support him to continue ruling this God forsaken country?

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    1. But your "Beautiful Soul" Stella of SDK is a staunch supporter of Buhari. She shamelessly referred to him as "the devil we know" who should be voted in again in 2019. God shall surely punish Stella for ever carrying this evil government of Buhari matter on her head. Shame on her! Chop my comment, I don't care.

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  3. The fact that the federal Govt has continued to treat with kids glove the barbaric act of the Fulani herdsmen in recent times cannot be over emphasized. In the same manner the herdsmen have tapped into the advantage of the recalcitrant attitude of the Govt to wreck more havoc, killing with reckless abandon in the process.
    The most primary constitutional responsibility of the Govt is certainly the provision of adequate and cutting edge security for the protection of lives and properties of its citizens. Fundamentally, failure on the path of any Govt to provide adequate cover for the lives and properties of the governed are often considered tantamount to breach of allegiance with such Govt ineluctably forced to resign as a result in the developed climes.
    I recall with disdain the genesis of Boko Haram, a community based Islamic organization in Bornu State and the inability of Pres. Jonathan's Govt to nip in the bud the communal crisis that has grown to become a national menace today.
    Although, the time and tenure of Pres. Obasanjo may have been rated so low on its economic score card, but certainly not in the realm of security as he was able to bring to bear its military know-how to tactically curtail the excesses of the militant in the Niger-Delta, the Bakassi boys in the East and OPC in the West.
    Similarly, the reason why Lagos state is fast becoming one of the safest state in West Africa sub-region cannot be far fetched, its proactive and swift response to security matters, unflinching quest for job creation and unalloyed drive for the creation of an atmosphere conducive enough for an independent growth.
    No doubt, Africa is where we are today not for many reasons but for the prevailing gross infallibility on the path of our Govt.
    Therefore, if Pres, Buhari could not think out of the box to put the barbaric killings of the herdsmen into an absolute check, then, his tenure of office may end up a MONUMENTAL FAILURE.

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    1. For the most part you're right. But bear in mind that the genesis of Boko Haram can be traced to as far back as the OBJ era.
      That said, we all need to understand that Buhari know next to nothing about the daily happenings in Nigeria, like Dele Momodu pointed out in his memo, the president is only being used by vested interests which includes the actual owners of these cattles and these actual owners are for the most part the unseen financiers of the ruling party.

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  4. But it's a pity our celebs don't do this unlike when it's international. Where is Tubaba? SMH.

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  5. The truth is he will not listen.

    He would rather send condolences after the have carried out their murderous act than prevent it.

    Buhari cannot call these fulani herdsmen to order because they were the same people he used to perpetrate evil when he lost the elections in 2011 and said that the country would be ungovernable and he used them to massacre youth corpers and innocent people in the north.

    Let us as Nigerians just forget about buhari and let everyone arm themselves because it will no longer be acceptable for this fulani men to just come into your villlages to kill you.

    People in these villages need to fight back.No help is coming from the govt.

    Plus pastors in this villages should start using their tithes and offering to buy Guns and other weapons to defend themselves.

    P.S: NIGERIANS PLS GO AND GET YOUR VOTERS CARD IF YOU DON'T HAVE ONE ALREADY BECAUSE COME 2019 BUHARI MUST GO.


    LEP😛

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  6. Shame on tuface. Your tongue is tied abi.

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  7. Ehen naa! You no know? Don't tell me you have not realised that cows are worth more than the average Nigerian life???

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  8. Nigerians please I beg u go n get your voters card. I do not no e in Nigeria but what is happening is unbearable. We cannot bear d news. It's too much. I expected much better from Buhari. He has turned out to be a monumental failure. Please vote this devil out of that office. Please please for your sakes and the sakes of our children's children so we can still refer to Nigeria as our homeland

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