Cattle Colony & Fulani Expansionism – Learning Bitter Truth from the Horse’s Mouth
by Zamani Lekwot and Col. Yohanna Madaki
ABUJA (Sundiata Post)
Cattle colony is not a new thing in Nigeria. It has existed long before Independence and it is called “Zango”. Zango has existed in many areas of Yoruba land. Till today, there is Sango Otta, the home country of our former president, Olusegun Obasanjo. Sango is a corruption of Zango. There is Zangon Kataf in Zonkwa, Kaduna State. When the Fulani’s came there, they did not tell the natives that they were coming to settle. They just asked for a small land by the market as a shed to sell cattle. This was granted to them.
The Fulani’s soon gained entrance into Kafanchan town and before long, they turbaned one of themselves and addressed him, Emir of Jemaa. Jemaa in Hausa means, ALL. When the natives raised an eyebrow, they said the empire was going to be their own king, not for the Kafanchan people.
During the military regime, the Southern Kaduna people got a local government with the name, Jemaa Local Government. Later, Zonkwa got a separate local government and the local government was named Zangon Kataf Local Government.
The emir of Jemaa got a first-class stool and the entire Southern Kaduna became a tribute-paying enclave of the Zazzau emirate. The cunning jihad became a success. The Southern Kaduna people were banned from buying or selling commodities in Zangon Kataf local government, save for what the Fulani’s permitted.
In the process, burukutu (a local indigenous brew) and pork meat were outlawed. The protest to regain the market from the Fulani became the greatest Zangon Kataf crises that consumed many Southern Kaduna lives leading to the arrest and unlawful imprisonment of the most prominent Kataf son, General Zamani Lekwot and many other Christian leaders.
The people of Ilorin cannot tell their story as Kwara State without their Fulani Emir in a Yoruba-speaking state. So is the Emir of Muri in Jalingo who was deposed leading to the forceful and untimely retirement as well as removal from office of governor of Col. Yohanna Madaki.
The Fulani have the history of claiming wherever they had Zango as their own territory and from there, begin expansion by bringing more Fulani from Niger, Chad, and Senegal. The sole aim is to drive away all other tribes from Nigeria or waste their lives and take over the land.
When NTA broadcast for several weeks that one Alhaji Maikudi founded Makurdi, they are most probably talking of a Zango by River Benue. Anywhere they stayed, the first Fulani to enter the town is the founder of that Zango and wherever they had Zango, they will hoist a Fodio flag for occupation.
Those states opening up colonies or new Zangos for Fulani do not know what they are doing because, in no time, they will get an Emir and Fulani will claim the whole state as their own. For so long as Nigerians permit the voting of Fulani to be their president, federal monetary allocations will be made to buy more arms for Fulani to come from Agades and other desert places in Africa to come and live in their new colonies and begin fresh ethnic cleansing.
Culled from Franka Obih
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