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Banker Turned Nollywood Actress, Meg Otanwa Writes Open Letter To President by cyberaddict: 8:22pm On Apr 21, 2018
Meg Otanwa is a Nollywood actress from Benue State, Nigeria.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from TIME Universite Tunis, Tunisia and an MBA training from Universite Jean Moulin, Lyon France.

Meg worked at African Development Bank in Tunis, Tunisia several years before moving back to Nigeria to pursue her passion as an actress.

A lover of languages, she speaks and writes English, French, Hausa, Idoma, Spanish and Yoruba, fluently. She has displayed her love for acting and ability to interpret roles in hit series such as COFFEE SHOP, ATLANTA, EVE and GIDI CULTURE.

Due to the dispute that often happened between Fulani herdsmen, who graze their cows on the land of the people of Benue, the governor, Samuel Ortom signed an anti-grazing laws to stop the herdsmen from destroying people’s lands.

But since the law was signed, the herdsmen have been attacking the people of Benue and killing many of them.

Between December 31 and January 6, the Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Governor, Terve Akase, said that 71 people have been killed by the herdsmen. Not even security agents could curtail them as two policemen have lost their lives while protecting the people.

Calling on the president to address the matter, Nollywood actress, Meg Otanwa wrote an open letter as follows:

One fateful day I received numerous calls from home: “A u Fulani! A u fulani!! E ku pewa eh,” meaning, “The Fulanis! The Fulanis! They’ve come again!” It was Jan 17th last year, the herdsmen had attacked a neighbouring village and the villagers had run into our village for safety. The marauders took lives and left a trail of destruction behind them.

These attacks have been going on as far back as I can remember. I remember my grandmother hiding some of my siblings and I under the bed because “a u fulani” were coming. That was well over 20 years ago. We had travelled home for Christmas and on this fateful day, villagers ran back from their farms covered in blood and tears from herdsmen attacks. That was my first memory and encounter with the name “Fulani”.

In June of 2017, I lost my cousin, Sunday Fabian Otanwa, in the hands of these same herdsmen in Makurdi. Sunday was in the police force, he was deployed to a village to protect the people. He and his colleagues became a target for the herdsmen, they launched another attack just to kill the security personnel in the villages. Sunday was killed.

Please tell me Mr President, are we second class Nigerians? Why must we continue to suffer in the hands of these faceless barbaric criminals? They come to kill and claim our ancestral land.

The people of Benue State are predominantly farmers. That is what they know. Benue State did not become “the Food Basket of the nation” for nothing. Farming is the means of livelihood for most people in Benue State. So when they attack our crops, they attack our very existence.

The Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment of Ranches law has been signed since May 2017. So why are we still left to fight these criminals off our lands? These attacks and killings have persisted and worsened over the years in places as disparate as Plateau, Kaduna, Enugu among other parts of the country.

Mr President Sir, with all due respect, we do not need your condolences anymore. We’ve received enough of that for over 20 plus years. … …..

Open grazing is now against the law. The governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has cried out to the federal government for help. He is not the Commander In Chief; you are, sir. So please deploy the army to protect and secure Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Enugu and every other part of Nigeria that has experienced these vicious attacks and yet still remains under threat. Why send the army to stop protesters?

They are only speaking out in a bid to protect their lands and livelihood. If you are indeed for all Nigerians, please do what is required of a leader: let the affected communities see and feel that the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria cares about them, not only through words, but also through action.

The activities of these mysterious Fulani herdsmen continue to oppress my people and my home, Benue. I also believe that it is necessary to point out at the same time that this isn’t a fight between Fulani people and other ethnicities of this great country, because not all Fulanis perpetrate such wicked acts, in the same way that not all Nigerians are out to cheat or scam people; this is a war between good and evil, between light and darkness, between men bent on destroying lives and properties and those who wish to live in peace and a shared prosperity.

I urge you, sir, to be on the right side of history by choosing to defend and protect all that is good and just; I pray you will find the moral strength and conviction to fight on the side of justice, for it is only under the banner of justice that peace can truly thrive.

My name is Meg Otanwa and I call on you as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to protect your people whether they be Fulani, Idoma, Tiv, Hausa, Igbo, or Yoruba.

Thank you.

Re: Banker Turned Nollywood Actress, Meg Otanwa Writes Open Letter To President by dafeyankee: 8:25pm On Apr 21, 2018
Summary pls.
Re: Banker Turned Nollywood Actress, Meg Otanwa Writes Open Letter To President by pendusky(m): 8:27pm On Apr 21, 2018
I came here to see the pics. cheesy
Re: Banker Turned Nollywood Actress, Meg Otanwa Writes Open Letter To President by cyberaddict: 8:29pm On Apr 21, 2018
Summary pls.

Dafe, just spare a few minutes to read it, you won't regret it.
Re: Banker Turned Nollywood Actress, Meg Otanwa Writes Open Letter To President by cyberaddict: 8:35pm On Apr 21, 2018
I came here to see the pics. cheesy

It's not funny Pendusky, something needs to be done urgently about the Benue situation. Meg captured it aptly a few months ago but I don't think the letter really circulated. Pls take time to read it.
Re: Banker Turned Nollywood Actress, Meg Otanwa Writes Open Letter To President by purem(m): 8:38pm On Apr 21, 2018
I don't know what to say, please someone should comment on my behalf I will compensate the person.

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