Senator representing Kaduna Central, Comrade Shehu Sani, has urged Fulani herdsmen across to have a rethink on their actions and avoid unnecessary attacks on communities as it is beceoming worrisome.
According to him, the situation where fulanis were fingered in Agatu and other parts of Nigeria was not only disturbing but had become a major national problem.
He emphasised, “The problem is political, economical, ecological and social security problems that every Nigerian should be concerned about.”
The Senator, 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 were 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 group called the Fulanis,” he lamented.
Addressing the Fulani community at Rafin-Roro, Kasuwar-Magani, Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State on Monday, Senator Sani urged the fulanis to prevail over the very few elements among them, who had been discrediting and giving them bad name.
While calling on the Fulanis to embrace peace and avoid fight over farmland, he promised to empower them by providing them with requisite skills, which would help them to be 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 them and see how to contribute to the development of Rafin-Roro village.
“I want to stop Fulanis from engaging in any act that is capable of breaching public peace in every part of the country.”
Fielding questions from journalists on the Nomadic Development Commission bill which he presented on the floor of the Senate, he explained that the essence of the bill was to establish the commission as an agency of government that would support, empower and rehabilitate the Fulanis.
According to him, it was going to be modelled in such a way as that of the Niger Delta Development Commission.
“The commission will basically support, empower Fulanis and take care of their animals,” he reiterated.