The Igbo people have come a long way since the middle to late twentieth century, which was a very difficult time for their citizens.

Fulani Herdsmen and Igbo people
Fulani Herdsmen and Igbo people

A large number of Igbo citizens have been immigrating to the European countries, and to America and throughout the rest of Africa. Some people are concerned about this, believing that this is going to lead to the area becoming depopulated when it comes to the native people of Nigeria, giving them less strength as a civilization.

It remains to be seen whether this situation is temporary or whether it is going to signal a massive population shift and affect Nigerian politics in different ways.

The struggles that the Igbo people are currently experiencing in their native land may just prompt more of them to get to more stable living environments. Recently, there have been some truly distressing clashes between the Igbo people and the Fulani herdsmen. The Fulani herdsmen seem to be operating under the impression that the farmland is theirs for the sake of grazing their livestock. They’re reacting against the local Igbo people with tremendous aggression, and Igbo people are now responding in kind.

Recently, seventy-six Igbo farmers were jailed because they tried to defend their farmland and the rest of their people from assault by the aggressive members of the Fulani herdsmen. Obviously, not every single member of the Fulani herdsmen are engaging in this sort of behavior, but it does not seem that the Fulani community is currently doing enough in order to stop their errant members from engaging in terrible behavior. There was outrage all throughout Nigeria when it was discovered that the Igbo farmers who tried defending their land and their people are staying in jail as the Fulani herdsmen who provoked the conflict are walking free.

The government is now responding by trying to build up the Fulani community in general. The community received a donation of one million naira in order to get a miniature grazing ranch, and to give the women the educational and employment opportunities that they need in order to become less dependent on such an unstable social structure.

Many ethnic conflicts of this nature are actually economic, and the conflicts align themselves along ethnic lines as an outlet for the underlying frustration with economic conditions. Giving the Fulani community money might be a better and more effective solution than using the same amount of money to start a conflict with them, but it is still too early to tell.

Source: Azees Ishola
Azees Ishola is a freelance writer specializing in blog posts, press releases and web content forIGBOLIVE. Our objective is reporting of igbo news, Nigeria news and more in its truthful and unbiased form to diasporean-igbos, Nigerians, Africa and around the world.

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