According to him, no nation can conquer the Tiv, adding that when the Tiv step out with their poisoned arrows no one can stand.
“That theory (Labdo’s) is very different from what we know about the history of the Tiv, the black African people generally and the people who now live in Nigeria”, he said.
“What we know about the Fulani is that they originated in the far West of West Africa, in the areas of the Futa Jalon and Futa Toro and then migrated slowly eastward. By the time of the Empires of Mali and Songhai, they had reached the
“Subsequently, they split into two groups known as town Fulani and nomadic cattle
“They may come and live in your town, if you have town, which is what happened
“It is among these people who lived in the towns that you have Muslims. The nomadic ones were not Muslims. So, they could not have propagated any Islam. However, there is a biological connection between them such that when one has some trouble, the other one comes to help.
“When the Fulani in the town began the Jihad in the Hausa kingdom, some of the Fulani in the grassland came and helped. But contrary to the wrong notion that the Fulani conquered the Hausa people, it was the Hausa people themselves who destroyed their kingdom because the new version of
“The Hausa were not a primitive people; they were not a weak
“They had great towns like Sokoto, Katsina, Kano, Gobir which were among the greatest trading
“Until the 18th century, they (Fulani) were not part of the country called Nigeria.
“They can claim right over Hausaland because they became the rulers of the Hausa people. When they began to bring pressure to bear on the people of the Middle Belt, destroying their farms and villages like what they are doing now, a few of the ethnic nationalities there tried to make peace with them, but they soon discovered that the peace didn’t pacify them. This forced many of them to move away from their homes to part of the grassland where the Fulani could not easily reach them. But for the large nationality like the Tiv, nobody conquered them.
“They were too strong to be conquered. They are one of the most warlike people ever in black Africa. Nobody ever conquered them. Though the Fulani raided the fringes of the Tiv territory, they could not conquer the Tiv people. When the
“They couldn’t face the Tiv. The Tiv are one of the most developed people in Northern Nigeria. Nobody should insult the Tiv by saying that they are conquered people. The theory of a Jukun woman marrying a Fulani man is also not true.
“Archeologists, scholars of historical linguistics, anthropologists, historians and DNA scientists are all agreed that the people who occupy the central part of Nigeria, the South-west and
He said Professor
“He even went to the extent of saying that the Fulani were merciful not to have wiped them out. Is that what you want to do? Why should