Fulani radio best way to engage nomads - Media expert

Fulani radio best way to engage nomads - Media expert

- Malam Suleiman Zubairu, FRCN senior officer, supported the FG's plan to introduce radio stations targeting the Fulani

- The Kaduna-based media practitioner said creating a Fulani radio will go a long way in enlightening the nomads in forests and bushes

- Zubairu said Radio Kaduna has been running a similar service for the past 40 years

Malam Suleiman Zubairu, a Kaduna-based media practitioner, said the plan to introduce radio stations targeting the Fulani is one of the best ways of enlightening the nomads that live in forests and bushes.

According to Daily Trust, Zubairu, who is the manager, Programmes of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Kaduna, said this on Sunday, May 26 while recounting the successes of a similar idea at the radio station.

He said the FRCN Kaduna, popularly known as Radio Kaduna, has been running a similar service for the past 40 years exclusively for the Fulani, Kanuri and Nupe tribes.

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“Here in FRCN Kaduna, our languages unit has been very effective in educating the Fulani, especially. You know, some of these people spend months inside the bushes, so they don’t even know what is happening in the cities and towns. However, they are passionate about listening to radio. You see them moving in the bushes with their radio on their shoulders. Therefore, dedicating radio stations for this group of Nigerians is a welcome idea. These stations can be used in informing them on the dangers of crimes. It would really help in educating them on why they should expose criminals among them by largely pointing to the fact that criminality does no good to anyone.

“They can also get to know of the social programmes that government has for their benefit. Based on the experience of Radio Nigeria Kaduna, I think the idea is worth trying and it will definitely assist in addressing some of the security challenges facing the country, especially kidnapping. Some of these people are innocently recruited into banditry and other crimes and with enlightenment, many of them would quit,” Zubairu.

He explained that addressing conflicts requires different approaches, advising those kicking against the idea to understand the need for dozens of ideas for Nigeria to get out of the present security challenges.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) said that the proposed Fulani radio station is not for herdsmen alone but also targeted at fishermen, herders, hunters, farmers, and migrants.

The commission, which made the disclosure on Saturday, May 25, said the radio station is essentially for nomadic education outreach programmes, including electronically-mediated ones.

The NBC said the National Commission for Nomadic Education applied for a broadcast license to develop and maintain nomadic education outreach programmes.

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