- Senator Walid Jibrin advised against the formation of a vigilance group in the southeast
- The Fulani leader instead called for discussion around herdsmen-farmers conflict
- The elder statesman said the conference should be spearheaded by the federal government
Senator Walid Jibrin has called on Fulani associations in Nigeria to forget about the plan of forming a herdsmen vigilance group in the southeast and the whole southern part of Nigeria.
Leadership reports that the Sarkin Fulani made this call in Kaduna where he instead called for a round table discussion in other to promote unity between farmers and herdsmen for peaceful coexistence.
The elder statesman said: “The issues of conflict between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria is becoming a matter of concern and the need to avoid any act that will further escalate the situation should be avoided.
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"It is in my view that forming the Herdsmen Vigilante group in the South will only aggravate the situation instead of solving it."
The Fulani leader said the peace conference should be headed by the federal government and it should be devoid of any personal, political and tribal interest.
”After the meeting of all the Fulani Associations, their recommendations should be presented to Fulani Emirs and Elders under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto who should thereafter invite all the State Governors to the discuss issues raised in their recommendations.
“During the meeting of the Fulani Associations with all the Ardos in Nigeria, issues to discuss should include problems associated with grazing for herdsmen putting into consideration new method of grazing and special cattle routes."
He further called on all Fulani leaders and elders to come out and help in solving the problem. He also called for calm in the southeast and other states in the south as efforts are on to solve the challenge.
According to him, not all Fulanis are herdsmen, adding that that Fulani’s are peace loving people and will certainly do every thing possible to bring the situation to normalcy.
“All of us must be security conscious, all politicians must come together by burying their differences in solving the security matter in Nigeria," he added.
Meanwhile, the Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) has rejected the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN)’s call for the creation of a vigilance group in the southeast.
MACBAN had made the demand during a security summit in Enugu state. The summit was convened by the Southeast Governors’ Forum.
However, in a statement by the OYC on Monday, June 24, the group said there is already a security threat in the region.
The group said there was already an unofficial vigilance group in the region as most houses hire Fulani youths as security men and that an official group would lead to problem.
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