Security agencies in Nigeria have been advised on the need to be more proactive in dealings with issues concerning herdsmen and larger communities clashes in the country.
The traditional leader of the Fulani Ethnic Group in Lagos South west Nigeria, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Banbado who mentioned this over the weekend in Minna North Central Nigeria urged the the government and security agencies in the Country to review its tactics in tacking insecurity and evolve policies aimed at halting the mutual distrust and suspicion among various ethnic and religious groups .
The traditional leader of Fulani ethnic community in Lagos the commercial nerve center of Nigeria Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar banbado has equally faulted the alleged implications of herders for the rising insecurity in the Southern part and other of Nigeria .
‘ it was wrong to single out people of Fulani extraction for blame, adding that it amount to “giving dog a bad name in order to hang it”.
“The ethnic profiling has been on for long but has taken a dangerous dimension for obvious political reason. Criminality has no tribal marks and I can tell you authoritatively that the spate of kidnapping in the Southwest is not done by the Fulani ethnic stock,” said Alhaji Banbado
Alhaji Banbado also blamed some Elders of the south western Nigeria for pointing accusing fingers to the Fulani pastoralists as responsible for the murder of the daughter of the pan Yoruba ethnic group ” Afenifere” Chieftain, Funke Olakunrin by unknown people recently in south west Nigeria.
“Like all patriotic Nigerians, the Fulani herd leaders in the south west had joined other well-meaning individual and associations in condemning the act”.
Alhaji Banbado equally faulted the call by certain elements that the herds men leaving in the Southern part of Nigeria to relocate to the North over the security challenges, describing it as unpatriotic as it negates the principle of collectivism and unity of the country.
He however blamed some class of politicians in the country for fueling ethno religious crises rather than proffering solutions due to what he refers as ” political interest”.
Report shows that the United Nations is presently making efforts to mitigate the herdsmen farmers crises in some parts of Nigeria through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) in meeting stakeholders to discuss the protracted conflict affecting numerous communities, particularly in North central and other parts of Nigeria.