Friday, 23 December 2016

The Herdsmen: An ugly tool for colonising enterprises fully underway


"The implementation of strategies and policies designed to affect "identity" can be seen as one of the key occupations of the state in it's attempt to define and bind the nation"(Sobral). Photo: Google Images

Writing on my blog on:  'Not under my watch', i talked about ' exploitative relationship' as the key issue of our national problems. This requires bold leadership, according to Pope Francis; that will listen to the voice of their conscience, learn to see the cruel sufferings of their fellow citizens and have at heart the common good.

The herdsmen policy has become a deeply disturbing topic of our time.Yet the government is bent on deploying the policy despite widespread resistance. Sadly, the pursuit of power is always founded on ugly ideologies.

What we are witnessing is a dangerous trend to extend the power of the empire.
The herdsmen policy is "policies of identity" put in place to deal with indigenous populations, thereby putting the natives in identity limbo.
The herdsmen policy is a tool for' colonising enterprises' fully under way, and the need for more people to become soldiers to defend the colonial institutions' has inspired the government to force this policy on Nigerians, despite violent events that have accompainied the policy. It's one of the power strategies of the authoritarian populists unleashed on their citizens for command and control.

 This is a danger of new colonisation by our own people or we may soon-be-colonised by new wave of colonisers. "In colonialism it is frequent that a powerful minority(the colonisers), often coming from a very different social and cultural background, finds itself in a position to dictate the identity of a majority(the colonised)-Angela Barreto Xavier.

 Furthermore, it is a clear case of mistrust of power as the government is deploying it with all means while deceiving the public, a clear example of power strategies deployed by the state in the name of protecting their virtue.

 Recently the Army logistics spokesman said the Nigerian Army would set up cattle ranches in almost all the divisions and brigades of the army. According to him, the intention of the Nigerian army was not just to secure the country, but to contribute to growing the economy.

 Similarly, the federal government said it will establish a new para-military programme nationwide to help check the activities of oil smugglers, one  now wonders why such huge investment in security in a new world driven by technology.
 Setting up cattle ranches could be sorted out by individual states and perhaps in partnership with the private sector. so why is this policy supposed to be a national problem that must be accepted by every community in Nigeria?

 I think its very imperative to resist this policy given the violent challenges that has become it's feature in our various communities where the policy is forced on the people. This requires a collective action to reclaim the power to shape our future.

' Our inability to build a consensus and resist this policy will prove that 'powerlessness paves the road to the acceptation of tyranny'.

We  have to be careful so that we don't end up as Prince Charles put it: people "who searched for hope and came to realise that they were looking in the wrong direction"

"We should not implement a strategy that will destroy a society it aims to protect"-theguardian

Truly the real cost of poverty is chaos.These are some of the obstacles that we need to overcome in our search for solutions to our transition from poverty to prosperity. There is no way we should expect economic development in a state of anarchy.

 Note: "A federal structure whose prime objective is to maintain security by curbing regional and ethnic influence does not foster development"-ARI

Uche Okeke
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