From Geoffrey Chaucer to Robert Southey and to James Russel Lowell we learn, like all men who unleash chicken to pasture and forage, that chickens are like curses; they always come home to roost. Because the rains are heavy down South, herdsmen from Katsina State have moved their cows up North and are back home. Because they are back home and they need food for their cows, they are invading farms. Because they are invading farms, there was violence between farmers and herders last week in Katsina State. Herdsmen from Katsina attacked Katsina farmers and lives were lost. Because there was violence and people were killed, President Muhammadu Buhari became very angry and sad. And because he is a man of peace, he caused a statement to be issued on Friday talking tough against herdsmen of Katsina, his home state.
- This article was published in the Nigerian Tribune on Monday, 8 July, 2019.