Fulani vs Indigenous People: All over Africa, the end of community coexistence


Max Alodu

Unlike the (first?) war of Biafra (1967-1970) Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB shows a great opening with Nigeria ethnic groups.

Nnamdi Kanu bases his fight against the Fulani invasion and calls for mobilization the different peoples (Igbo, Yoruba, Ijaw, Ibibio, Edo, Tiv..) and even in a sense the Hausa farmers for a revolt against the fulani colonisation.

Indeed, IPOB and a large number of south Nigerians consider that the natives were colonized by foreigners.

The different words “Mujahideen” “jihadists” “Janjaweed” show that a large number of South Nigerians do not consider the Fulani as part of the nation while they consider Hausa and Kanuri to be true Nigerians, despite the deviance and manipulation of many natives of the north.

The origin of the Fulani is unknown, but they could come from Mesopotamia. Arriving from the north-east, they headed south-west to the Atlantic at the level of Senegal. There they will adopt a language close to the Wolof and Serer languages. Then by several waves they will set out again towards the East to conquer the Sahel and Central Africa with 2 objectives:

– Go to Ethiopia and Mecca

– descend to the Gulf of Guinea

The Fulani don’t feel that they are black Africans. They don’t recognize any connection with the Wolofs and Serer peoples, much less with the Hausa, Yoruba and Igbos. They only feel linked with their cows and with Allah. The human groups that they consider roughly their equals are the Arabs, Tuaregs, Tebu, Zaghawa, Somalis, Maasai and Tutsi-Banyamulenge.

For decades, the Fulanis have been trying to impose themselves in the African states which have become independent. The fight has intensified for 10 years. Awareness is important in Nigeria, but in other countries, populations are in great danger in the face of the Fulani (fulani jihadists, fulani ethnic militia and fulani state power). Among the endangered peoples:

– Ambazonians

– Gbaya people in Cameroon and Central African Republic

– Tupuri and Mundang people in Cameroon and Chad

– Zande people in Central African Republic , South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo

– Dogon people in Mali

– Farmers of all ethnicities in Ghana

There are 4 Fulani presidents. Adama Barrow from Gambia, Macky Sall from Senegal, Umaro Sissoco Embaló from Guinea Bissau and Buhari from Nigeria. They act so that other Fulani become presidents in other countries.

Cameroonian President Paul Biya, of Beti-Fang ethnicity, joined forces with Fulanis to fight all those resisting his dictatorship.

In Chad, the Christian South-Chadians want their independence. But Fulani and Arab tribes occupy their lands. South-Chadians look with hope at the separatists of Tibesti in the far north of the country.

In Darfur (Sudan) Fulani and Arabs slaughter the indigenous black Africans.

A long-standing target of the Fulanis has been Guinea-Conakry. But President Alpha Condé is very offensive against the Guinean Fulani and the 4 Fulani presidents.

But the Fulani axis is strong in the world of 40 million souls, including billionaire businessmen, intellectuals, athletes, artists. One of the best known is the Mauritanian-Senegalese-French actor Omar Sy.

They have a large diaspora in the Middle East, Europe and North America, present in the media, ministerial offices or in drug trafficking gangs.

The Fulani axis is very present in Islamism both in Al Qaeda and Daesh. The main Fulani jihadist is Hamadoun Koufa, born Amadou Diallo. In legal Islamism close to power in Mali, the leader is Imam Mahmoud Dicko, another Fulani.

The main opponent of Fulani Islamism in Mali is Youssouf Toloba leader of the self-defense militia “dozo” dogon “Dan Na Ambassagou”.

This resistant to Fulani Islamism is sometimes accused of racism against the Fulani.

Another resistant to Fulani rule is the Central African citizen Fleury Junior Pabandji, a former student leader turned anti-balaka against the seleka and now a respected politician.

Another resistance fighter who is interested in the plight of the Nigerians is the French Jew Bernard Henri Levy.

There is no doubt that the IPOB’s leader Nnamdi Kanu and Ambazonian leader Cho Ayana are now at the heart of the continental and even global struggle between the Fulanis and the indigenous black Africans.