By; Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna.
Following the incessant attacks across Nigeria, allegedly carried out by Fulani herdsmen, Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has urged the Fulani herdsmen across Nigeria to ceasefire and avoid vengeful attacks on communities.
He said a situation where Fulanis are fingered in Agatu and other parts of Nigeria is not only disturbing, but has become a major national problem.
The Senator noted that, “The problem is political, economical, ecological and social security problems that every Nigerian should be concerned about.”
Sani, who expressed anger over what he termed “The few Fulani people sending wrong message about the true nature of the typical Fulanis” maintained that the Fulanis are peaceful, responsible and good people.
“But I am very much concerned that the activities of few of them involved in violence has seriously demonised the ethnic Fulanis” he lamented.
Addressing the Fulani community at Rafin-Roro, Kasuwar-Magani, Kajuru local government area, Kaduna on Monday, Senator Sani urged the Fulanis to prevail on the very few elements among them, who have been discrediting the Fulanis and giving them bad name.
While calling on Fulanis to embrace peace and avoid fight over farmland, he promised to empower them by providing them with requisite skills, which will help them to be more self sustaining and better their lots.
Speaking on reason of his visit, the lawmaker, who is also the Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debt said, “I am here to help find alternative means of survival so that you my Fulani brothers can become economically viable, productive and self reliant.
“I am also here to listen to their problems, interact with you and see how to contribute to development of Rafin-Roro village.
“I want to stop Fulanis from engaging in any act that is capable of breaching public peace”
Fielding question from journalists on Nomadic Development Commission Bill which he presented on the Senate floor, he explained that the essence of the bill is to establish the Commission as an agency of government that will support, empower and rehabilitate the Fulanis.
According to him, it is going to be modelled in such a way as that of Niger Delta Commission.
“The commission will basically support, empower Fulanis and take care or their animals” he reiterated.