FULANI HERDS MEN, THE MOST HARDWORKING NIGERIANS…PROF ANGO ABDULLAHI
Prof. Ango Abdullahi, a chieftain of the Northern Elders Forum, says Fulani herdsmen are the most hard-working Nigerians though accused as being responsible for insecurity in Nigeria.
Speaking on Wednesday with journalists in Bauchi, he said, “They have now become an object of politics, for every bad thing that happens in the country, now it is Fulani herdsmen. They have forgotten that the Fulani herdsmen get nothing from the government.
“The Fulani herdsman was better off when the British were here. The British created track roads for Fulani herdsmen created veterinary clinics for them, created cattle markets and so on for them having realized that they contributed significantly to Nigeria’s economy particularly in the agricultural sector and livestock production.
“Look at subsidies that are going to our farmers, you go and check if you will find out what subsidy goes to the herdsmen, nothing. You are having subsidy for electricity, you are having subsidy for water, you are having subsidy for roads, yet the Fulani herdsman has no subsidy whatsoever and he is the most hard-working Nigerian today but he is
now being maligned as the cause of insecurity.
“His animals had been stolen and sold in the city, so when you deprived him of his animals what do you want him to do? He will be hostile.
“We should revive all the abandoned cattle routes from Niger downwards. There are 600 neglected grazing reserves in northern Nigeria alone. What you need to do is to rehabilitate them. I think this is the little you can do for the herdsmen.”