By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
A bill meant to give legal backing to the Hunter Group of Nigeria, (HGN), code named Nigeria Hunter Council Of Nigeria (NHCN) has gone through public hearing at the Upper Chambers.
Speaking at the hearing, the Chairman Senate Committee on Interior, Senator Kashim Shettima a former Governor of Borno State said, the establishment of the Nigeria Hunter Council Of Nigeria (NHCN) was long overdue because they are the Kings of the forests.
He attested and made reference to his days as a governor, how the hunters made his state governable and promised that the committee in its capacity will ensure that the bill scales through on the floor of the Senate.
Presenting the bill again to the members of the public, the former Minority Leader of the 8th Senate, Sen. Biodun Olujimi, said “Mr. Chairman, Distinguish Colleagues and members of the public, I am presenting before you a bill for an act to establish Nigeria Hunter Council of Nigeria before you today.
” If this bill is passed into law and signed by Mr. President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it means that farmers will be able to go back to their farms peacefully to bring food.
“I want you to know that this group has been existing from ages and we know them to be the kings of the jungle in their various villages and cities”.
The Commander General of the group, Ambassador Joshua Osatemehin while addressing the Public on Wednesday said, “if this bill is passed into law, then insecurity will be drastically reduced to its bearest minimal.”
According to the CG, none of the Senators kicked against the bill adding that the hearing went smoothly at the Senate.
He further added that the Senate Commitee requested him to come back to the Senate for feedback outcome of the hearing.
Ambassador Osatemehin further assured the he is optimistic that the Federal Government would eventually recognise HGN as a paramilitary force that would help fight insecurity in the country alongside other security agencies.
Osatemehin therefore, charged the officers and men of his group to be loyal, disciplined and hardworking.
He commended them for the efforts they had put into making sure that HGN is eventually recognised by the Federal Government.
He further charged them not to equate themselves to men of the Nigeria Police, Army or DSS adding that men of HGN should be courteous, respectful and exhibit decorum at all the times.