Psycho-Cultural Study of the Fulani Herdsmen’s “Savagery” in Nigeria: Un coup d’oeil into Possible Solution

  • Bankole Isaac Adesuyan


Our behaviour is triggered largely by powerful forces within our personality of which we are not aware. These forces, shaped by childhood experiences, play an important role in energizing and directing our behaviour. Freudian psychoanalytic approach to literary criticism is based on Freudian psychoanalytic theory, which emphasizes that every repressed childhood experience finds a way of expressing itself, although may be distorted, at adulthood. In essence, the theory claims that the unconscious plays major role in what we do, feel, and say, though we are not aware of its presence and operation. This work as an overview of the Fulani herdsmen’s atrocities in Nigeria, employed textual analysis as its methodology, while it relies on Freudian psychoanalytic theory in the analysis of some media publications related to the Fulani herdsmen’s atrocities in the nation, with the view to studying the ongoing massacres carried out by the Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, it therefore takes the psycho-cultural background of the Fulani man on vengeance gathered from the printed interview with Bayeri, the Secretary General of Gan Allah Fulani Association Development of Nigeria (GAFDAN) as the major drive behind the Fulani herdsmen’s callousness and irksomeness, and sees the decolonization of the Fulani’s upcoming generations’ mind through a deliberately structured system of Education as an imperative method to be adopted, if the future of the nation will be secured, as the conventional system of Education seems to only tend towards equipping the Fulani man for literacy.

Keywords: Fulani Herdsmen, Psycho-cultural background, psychoanalysis, unconscious, decolonization


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eISSN: 2070-0083
print ISSN: 1994-9057