A visit to Dumurkul, Buhari’s actual hometown
Not until last week Friday, very little was known by the average Nigerian, of Dumurkul village. Which is unusual, as it is the ancestral home of President Muhammadu Buhari. Situated about three kilometres from Daura town and five kilometres to Kongolom, a border post of Nigeria-Niger Border, the village’s name is a Fulfulde word meaning …
Not until last week Friday, very little was known by the average Nigerian, of Dumurkul village. Which is unusual, as it is the ancestral home of President Muhammadu Buhari. Situated about three kilometres from Daura town and five kilometres to Kongolom, a border post of Nigeria-Niger Border, the village’s name is a Fulfulde word meaning ‘settlement for herders’, especially for those who stay for at least a year.
A quiet and sleepy Fulani village, Dumurkul at present has about 50 households with close to 600 inhabitants living a typical Fulani lifestyle. Houses with thatched roofs are on farm lands with cattle and other animals on vast plain sandy land.ADVERTISEMENT
The village has a unique and historical well that its forefathers built upon arrival. This well’s history revolves around the village. The founding fathers, upon arriving with their animals, decided to build it for their usage and that of their animals. Every year they visited, the well became a rallying point and attracted many other herders. headtopics.com
An old cattle route was the link to the village then, but a federal road to Kongolom, a border town with Niger, brought the village to the roadside and divided it in two halves with Dumurkul on the east and west end of the road.ADVERTISEMENTDumurkul’s present inhabitants are still herders and farmers. During rainy season, they secure their animals and engage in farming, while in the dry season some move, as usual, to other areas with their animals. Majority now take care of their animals in makeshift ranches.
The village has both primary and secondary schools which the children attend. It also boasts of potable water supply available for seven years and sourced from a solar borehole that serves the village. However, its inhabitants have to travel to neighbouring towns and villages to access healthcare.
According to the village head, Muhammadu Nazir, the Sarkin Fulanin Dumurkul, the village derived its name from the activities of its first inhabitants, Fulani herders who came and settled with their animals temporarily and moved to other locations. They later decided to live in the settlement permanently, with a few of them leaving. With time the village became a more permanent settlement and has remained so till date.
Nazir said: “The story, as told by our grandfathers, was that the village’s initial settlers were from another Fulani town called Kurmeji, a settlement south of present Daura town, precisely around Sandamu local government. The original inhabitants upon arriving with their animals decided to build a well, which is significant in the village’s history. This well provided water for both humans and their animals and led to more influx of people, especially nomads from the then Daura Kingdom. headtopics.com
“The Kurmeji story is as we were told. I have never been there myself because I lived all my life here after taking over the reign of leadership from my parents. It’s history that has been passed on from generation to generation. My parents told us their farms are still there and some of our relations are still there.
“This well is presently in the farm of Mr. President. Our family and those of the president were among the earliest settlers here. Even though not all of them came, some did return after a while. Adamu Bafallaje (Buhari’s father) settled here too. Those poles in squares within the land, is his grave. He died in the village because he remained with some of his relations whose houses are still here in Dumurkul. Beside the new mosque that brought many people is Mr. president’s late father’s house and surrounding it is his farm land. In this village, Buhari has three first cousins who are still alive. The houses beside the mosque are theirs.”
Nazir also pointed out that “The House of Malam Sule Maikanti was the one that the president trekked to after the opening of the Jummat mosque. He was not feeling too well and the president went to greet him. Others still alive are, Alhaji Usman katuru and Alhaji Sale and Altine.” He added that work on Buhari’s farmland never ceases.
The well that harbours the village’s history“Every year he farms all his inherited farmlands in the village. In this village we are opportune to have water and power supply, although power was only made available seven months ago, we are grateful for that,” Nazir said, adding that the people’s major occupation is still farming and cattle rearing. “We never deviated from our ancestral bindings. We cherish them with all our hearts. It’s where we derive our livelihood from.” headtopics.com
An octogenarian, and first cousin of Buhari, Malam Sule, praised the president for finding time to visit him. He said, “Buhari’s father was among the first settlers and founders of the village. Aside rearing animals and farming, Dan Bafallaje was a great and renowned hunter whose house boasted of different captured wild animals every evening. He was married to a woman called Zulai, who died long ago. Then, this place was a thick forest. Buhari’s father cleared so many trees and farmlands to build his home.”Read more: Daily Trust »
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