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Flush Out killers In Your Midst, Sani Tells Fulani Leaders

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Posted: Mar 29, 2016 at 5:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Nicholas Uwerunonye
Killer herdsmen rampaging across the country might not be invincible after all, going by Senator Shehu Sani’s call to Fulani leaders on Monday to fish out killers among them.
Senator Sani, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debt, gave the task during a visit to a Fulani settlement in Rafin Roro in Kasuwa Magani, Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.
The Senator, a Fulani man himself, believes that the herdsmen alleged to have killed over 500 people in local communities of Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states in the last six months alone, may well be harboured by the largely pastoral  Fulani men.
Sani, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), told the leaders of Fulani herdsmen to flush out bad elements among them to regain their respect in the society.
The senator urged leaders of the herdsmen to identify and flush out those who are discrediting them and giving them bad names.
Besides, he enjoined them to stop what he described as “vengeful attacks’’ and embrace dialogue and to report grievances to constituted authorities.
He said such acts are tarnishing the image of the ethnic Fulani and sending the wrong message of who the Fulanis are.
 “The issue of Fulani herdsmen has become a national issue in Nigeria with economic, political, social, security and ecological dimensions which need to be addressed.
 “I am very concerned about the activities of very few of them who have been involved in violence in parts of the country.
 “Fulani are peaceful and resourceful people who need all the necessary support to be able to cater for themselves and contribute to the socio-economic development of the country,’’ said the legislator.
 The senator said he had proposed a bill to the National Assembly for the establishment of a Nomadic Development Commission.
 He said the essence of the bill was to establish an agency of government that would be directly involved in supporting the Fulani herdsmen, their rehabilitation and empowerment.
 “The bill is going to be modeled in the way we have modeled the Niger Delta Development Commission.
 “The bill will empower the commission to support them, empower them and give them technical support.
 “It will also enable them to set up ranches with which they can cater for their livestock without trespassing into farm lands that will lead to break down of law,’’ Sani said.
 The lawmaker donated N1 million as short-term measures to be used to provide a ranch for grazing as well as empower the women in the community and promised to build a clinic in the village.
 Meanwhile, Alhaji Ahmadu Suleiman, Chairman of the North West Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, commended the senator for the initiative.
 But Suleiman urged government to provide more well-equipped nomadic schools, saying the existing schools were ill-equipped.
 “We thank Senator Sani and appeal to government for more well-equipped schools.
 “We assure you that our people are peace loving and will work for the development of Nigeria,’’ Suleiman said.