- The southern and middle belt leaders forum have opposed the plan by the federal government to set up a radio station for herdsmen
- Adamu Adamu, minister of education, earlier said the radio service will operate on frequency of 720KHz, and will be strictly in Fulani language
- The group said the radio will become a weapon of spreading hate propaganda against other nationalities in Nigeria
The southern and middle belt leaders’ forum on Wednesday, May 23, rejected federal government's plan to acquire an Amplitude Modulation (AM) radio broadcast licence to reach herdsmen across various locations in the country.
According to Sahara Reporters, the group in statement signed by Yinka Odumakin, Bassey Henahaw, Isuwa Dogo and Chigozie Ogbu said Nigeria was suffering from the militia activities of herdsmen.
Adamu Adamu, minister of education, who confirmed the acquisition of the licence in Abuja, on Tuesday, May 21, said the radio service will operate on frequency of 720KHz, and will be strictly in Fulani language.
The group said: "We totally reject this insensitive decision of the government on the following fundamental grounds:
"It smacks on hypocrisy and deception for a government that has in the last four years denied responsibility on behalf of the herdsmen for crimes they even owned up to, to now tell us it wants to set up a radio for them to address the same issues.
"Section 55 of the 1999 Constitution recognises English,Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo as Languages in which the official business of the National Assembly can be conducted. There was no mention of Fulani which is not a language most northerners even understand.
"Why it's sudden promotion to a language the federal government will set up a radio to promote? Will it also set up radio stations for the officially recognised languages and the over 250 languages spoken in different parts of Nigeria?"
The group expressed fear that the proposed radio will become a weapon of spreading hate propaganda against other nationalities in Nigeria, considering "the kid gloves treatment with which the Buhari administration has handled the killings of thousands of Nigerians in the last four years."
The group said setting up a radio for herdsmen will throw a knife at the tiniest of the threads still holding Nigeria together. "All illusions of an inclusive country would be removed and the rest of the country would conclude we are now under Fulani government of Nigeria," it added.
The southern and middle belt leaders’ forum therefore asked the federal government to perish the thought of a Fulani radio sponsored by government if it cares about the corporate existence of the country.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that the minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu, on Wednesday, May 22, revealed that the federal government has acquired an Amplitude Modulation radio broadcast licence that would be used to reach out to herdsmen in different locations in Nigeria.
According to the federal government, it was part of effort to end farmers/herders crisis across some states.
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