Opinion

From RUGA to E-Registration of Immigrants: What Next

By Uche Amunike

Lately, Nigeria my country has been in the news for the most negative reasons any right thinking person can decipher. The insecurity in the country with special thanks to herdsmen menace, the stoic silence by the president of this country regarding the killings, the recent kidnap of travelers on major highways, general hunger in the land thanks to the crippling economy of our country, the recent slapping saga of the Adamawa-born Senator Abbo, the murder of high profile Mrs Obianuju Ndubisi-Chukwu in far away South Africa and so on. Then of course, the very popular RUGA!!! Nigerians heatedly and unapologetically refused RUGA being imposed on them by the Buhari’s government and President Buhari soft pedaled by suspending the RUGA project. Just when we all relaxed and assumed that it was now a failed project, the news about President Buhari’s plans to grant citizenship to unlawful immigrants. Kindly read this piece by Professor Echefuna R.G Onyebadi filtered in. I found it very revealing. I don’t know what you make of it. I really just had to share it with you all…

In the last couple of days, Nigerians mounted a sustained serious resistance to the unpopular ‘RUGA’ policy and its implementation by the ‘Fulani Government’ of President Muhammadu Buhari. Hear them again: It is now e-Registration for illegal immigrants!!

While others countries all over the world make efforts to deport illegal immigrants for their national survival, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has just commissioned centers for the registration and regularization of illegal immigrants all over the country and guess what? It is at no cost whatsoever for the said illegal immigrants with full rights of stay like the citizens of the country!

This action of Muhammadu Buhari’s government essentially is to confer unsolicited and unlawful citizenship on illegal immigrants.

The big question is: Who are these illegal immigrants? The obvious answer is, the promoters of, and the numerous cross border fulani herdsmen currently terrorizing Nigerians in their ancestral homes as allowed by Muhammadu Buhari’s government! Who else could they be if not the further enabled Prevaricators, Promoters and Protectors of the illegal immigrants with their invading itinerant murderous fulani herdsmen whose aim is to continue to migrate unlawfully into this country and forcefully occupy the indigenous peoples lands until they are all overwhelmed? They are everywhere now in the country as “army of occupation” and currently stationed strategically across the country.

The outcry of Nigerians on the attempt by Muhammadu Buhari’s government to forcefully acquire native lands for these alien fulani herdsmen through the ‘suspended’ RUGA is yet to die down and now, just a few days after, as though in a relay race, this unlawful conferment of citizenship on illegal immigrants by Muhammadu Buhari’s government through the back door has been brought up.

Why is this Buhari’s government hell bent on populating the already pauperized over populated country with alien fulani wanderers? Why does Muhammadu Buhari want to confer citizenship through the back door on aliens under whatever guise to the detriment of Nigerian citizens? Are these not the same people this Buhari’s government is creating RUGA for?

Now, with the so called e-Registration of immigrants that will eventually confer citizenship illegitimately on alien terrorists fulani herdsmen at their various locations across the country, it is obvious that this Muhammadu Buhari’s government is very determined to legitimize the ‘fulanization’ of Nigeria with the religious components of their jihadist ‘kill and occupy’ agenda.

Just yesterday, this same rampaging murderous set of fulani herdsmen immigrants allegedly killed Barrister Mrs Funke Fasoranti Olakurin, the daughter of a Yoruba Leader and Head of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, at Ore enroute Lagos which killing is regarded as a death too many in Yoruba land among several other killings nationwide.

Now, killing of human beings in Nigeria has translated to mere figures and numbers. It has since become mere statistics. It is now very common to hear something like: 40 killed in Zamfara, 100 killed in Benue, 60 killed in Borno, 30 killed in Enugu, 25 Ondo, 40 killed in Portharcourt etc, etc, of human beings? Human beings o!!! Even children are unwittingly getting radicalized seeing slaughtered and decomposing human bodies littering everywhere! What a Country! What has Nigeria suddenly degenerated and turned into under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari?!

On July 12, 2019, this apparently insensitive government of Muhammadu Buhari, having failed in their conspiratorial silence on the numerous killings of Nigerians in their ancestral homes across the country by these rampaging terrorist fulani herdsmen; having failed to force Nigerians to provide ‘cattle colonies’ for these aliens in their ancestral home lands; and having failed to trick Nigerians to accept RUGA, has now made open their intension to confer illegitimate citizenship through the back door in the name of e-Registration of immigrants! Even, the skewed military operating Constitution of Nigeria stipulates the procedures and conditions to be satisfied before citizenship can be conferred on foreigners which this so called e-Registration is aimed at short circuiting!

There are existing laws guiding naturalization of foreigners which again, this government of Muhammadu Buhari is trying to jettison as usual with impunity and reckless abandon with the introduction of this obnoxious e-Registration of illegal immigrants to the unsuspecting publics.
Meanwhile, these illegal fulani herdsmen immigrants and their promoters under review are of no real benefit to this country except for woes. They are no value added howsoever and whatsoever! They are invaders known to be security risks all over the world including their country of origin and time bombs waiting to explode!

So, why would any government want to visit this type of evil on her citizens?!

Nigerians in peaceful search of mere greener pastures abroad are being maimed, killed, turned to ‘human farms’ for ready inhuman ‘human spare parts’, turned to slaves and deported virtually every day and yet, this government of President Muhammadu Buhari, instead of addressing the plights of Nigerians both at home and abroad is determined to foist on Nigerians, illegal terrorist fulani herdsmen immigrants. Why?! WHY??!!

Ordinarily, taking census of aliens and documenting illegal immigrants is not a bad idea in itself at least for both security and economic reasons but, trying to create new havens in Nigeria for illegal fulani herdsmen immigrants and their promoters is not only despicable, unacceptable, treacherous and treasonable; it is a clear breach of both oaths of allegiance and office; and, an open abuse of office with impunity of the Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

Documenting illegal immigrants should necessarily lead to returning them back to where they came from but, no, this Buhari’s government is determined to implement certain unconstitutional hidden agenda that are gradually unfolding everyday by his government’s actions, inactions and responses which are averse to the well being of the country.

To be sure, I am NOT against Fulani people as a race. I am not just against any Fulani person because s/he is a fulani but these murderous impostors parading as “fulani” herdsmen being surreptitiously aided by this government of Muhammadu Buhari to commit havoc.
I have many fulani friends and we relate as brothers and sisters as though we are from the same womb. I know many fulanis who are peaceful, loving and caring people.

My wife is a Northerner with some linkages to the Fulanis and I have blood relations across Nigeria and beyond.

In fact my preferred Presidential Candidate in the 2019 presidential election, His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar GCON, the Waziri Adamawa, is a Fulani man!

So, the problem is really not “fulani” as a people but this government of President Muhammadu Buhari that is projecting the Fulani race in bad light!

General Muhammadu Buhari is not the first Fulani man to be President/Head of State and Nigeria never had it this bad under previous Presidents of Northern Nigeria Fulani extraction!

The late Alhaji Shehu Shagari and late Mallam Umar Musa Yar’adua (who is from the same State with General Muhammadu Buhari) among others were both Fulanis and Northern Muslims who served meritorious as Presidents of this country Nigeria. They were Presidents and fathers of the entire country Nigeria in their time and not President of “fulanis” and Northern Nigeria as is being witnessed, promoted and propagated under this Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency.

Enough of these government aided murderous agenda!

Enough of these government aided inhuman ethnic cleansing agenda across the country!

Enough of these unwanted and unwarranted evil expansionist tendencies!

Enough of robbing Adams to pay Adamu!

Nigerians MUST say NO to this Muhammadu Buhari’s e-Registration of immigrants NOW and ALL it stands for!

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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