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Nigeria: sudden ethnic violence flares up, as foreign companies are asked to stop looting.

As if by surprise, just as Nigeria decides to take its destiny in its own hands, by punishing corruption on an unprecedented scale, by becoming self-sufficient in food production, by asking oil companies to relocate in big cities, by revising the vampiric profits of these companies , by fighting hard against the Boko Haram paid mercenaries...suddenly, the country is being rocked by ethnic violence, the like of which wasn’t seen in decades.
In Ife Ile, since the beginning of March 2017, clashes attributed to an invented Yoruba/Fulani racial divide, have left dozens of fatalities and hundreds of wounded, with material dammage worth millions of dollars.
Automatically, we are seeing all over Nigerian media the re-opening of old wounds, the Igbo separatist resurgence, ethnic targetting of political figures, and religious excuse, used for hate speech. 
The ones among us famimiar with these typical scenarios, are not surprised with these destabilization tactics. Their origin are too easy to figure out.
Those who stand to benefit from this divide, are simply the ones whose objective is to conquer. 
Those who fear the new spirit, in Nigeria’s legitimate request to benefit from its own human and natural ressources, are the same ones who look for ethnic scapegoats to ignite rage and violence among nigerians.
Just like the Rom in Europe, in Nigeria, it is the Fulani herdsmen -basically nomads-, who are typically scapegoted, and accused of perpetrating the violence. As the Hausa states of Northern Nigeria are the forefront of the battle against the Boko Haram fascist militias, they are also the ones who are leading Nigeria’s move for sovereign economy. The Hausa’s closeness and kinship with Fulani culture, makes attacks on the Fulani an easy instrument of fragmentation between these Northern States, and their Southern equivalents, who are Yoruba and Igbo.
As we see in Europe with the sad example of the Rom " Gypsies", it is too easy and conveniant to target nomadic communities, and make them wear the monster’s mask. They are mostly poor, living off their livestock, and have little affiliation with urban politics.
Their wandering families are open targets. As if they were a homogenous body, devoid of individuality, they are accused of group telepathy and fomenting conspiracies, requiring a vast sophisticated propaganda and communication apparatus, which is totally inexistant. With western islamophobia reaching new heights of aggressivity, is it surprising to witness a chorus of echoing parrots, who are too happy to smell blood, spilled with the same overtones of hate filled religious libels ? Many grievances, in Nigeria, whether cultural economic or social, need to be addressed.
But when the conversation turns violent, exacting a price at the cost of human life, something has gone wrong.
The nigerian public, who in its majority rejects fragmentation and racism, must be educated in post colonial thinking.
They barely just graduated in administrative independance from colonialism. But in terms economic and political independance, they are still in infancy. Their colonial occupiers left the store open, where they sell to the nigerians the products of their own land at a price the locals can barely afford. Acting normal, under such patgoligical conditions, is hardly common.
Like a whole country is potentially stricken with Stockholm Syndrome, where prisonners fall in love with their torturers.
Peace in Nigeria starts with self respect. Self here does not mean isolationist rhetoric, but a spirit of inclusiveness and pride in the riches of Nigeria’s cultural diversity. Reading Nigeria’s newspapers filled with ethnic libels, one wonders who is trying to sabotage that self respect.

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