A former governor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda, on Monday mentioned Fulani herders need to defend themselves, alleging that Nigeria has been unfair to them.
The ex-governor acknowledged this shortly after revalidating his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) whereas reacting to current feedback by Governor Bala Mohammed on the reason why Herdsmen carry Ak-47 rifles about.
Yuguda who dominated Bauchi State between 2007 and 2015, mentioned Fulani herders had the constitutional proper to defend themselves, saying that these criticising Governor Mohammed have been solely attempting to be sentimental concerning the welfare of the herders.
He submitted that the herders, who had been plying their cattle rearing commerce for over 200 years can’t get up someday and start to hold AK-47 rifles however did that due to neglect by the state.
The previous governor lamented that regardless of their contributions to the financial system of the nation, all they get in return is neglect and unfair therapy from the state.
He recalled that as of the time when Lord Fredrick Luggard arrange the federal government in Northern Nigeria, the Fulanis supplied income that kick-started growth within the North, which included Benue State the place they have been chased out, by way of infrastructure.
“This can be a very delicate nationwide challenge and provided that I’m a Fulani man after I make feedback, individuals will suppose I’m siding the Fulanis. No.
“I believe the cattle rearers who’ve been herding for the previous 200 years all around the nation can not simply get up within the morning and swiftly turn into AK-47 killers and most significantly, the neglect of the Fulanis, particularly the cattle rearers who’re presently giving Nigerians a minimal of 1 million cattle to slaughter and take as beef, their therapy by the Nigerian states have been most unfair.
“When the white man got here, he revered them as a result of they have been his income. Not solely that, he supplied cattle routes from Maiduguri to Otupko, from Sokoto to Lokoja and Ilorin and these infrastructures have been supplied by the white individuals.
“At this time the place are the grazing reserves? The place are the cattle routes?
“However you can not blame Nigerians as a result of we’re giving beginning. Within the 60s, we have been nonetheless 60 million in inhabitants, however immediately we’re about 130 million Nigerians within the Northern a part of the nation. So all over the place have been dominated,” the previous governor mentioned.
Yuguda famous that these in authority should have resettled the herders because the inhabitants was increasing, including that Southerners are solely criminalising the Fulani individuals.
In line with him, individuals had instructed previously that Nigerians be allowed to hold weapons, which didn’t appeal to any detrimental feedback however when Governor Mohammed spoke concerning the herders carrying Ak-47 to guard themselves, individuals began to be sentimental about what the governor mentioned.
“The place have been these in energy with their brains that they by no means considered resettling these individuals and make them an financial system.
“The mindset, particularly down South is that the Fulanis are gun-carrying individuals. There was a clamour by senior residents of this nation that we must always carry weapons however Governor Mohammed made a comment to that impact, everyone was sentimental.
“When a senior elder assertion mentioned we must always carry weapons, the place have been you guys? No person wrote about it till Governor Mohammed spoke about it.
“These individuals deserve the precise to defend themselves, allow us to cease being sentimental for God sake,” he mentioned.