Amid the insecurity crisis accompanied by the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the country, the Senator representing the Nasarawa West Senatorial district who is also a two-term former governor of the state, Abdullahi Adamu has come out to claim that the government owes the Fulani herdsmen a duty to treat them as Nigerian citizens.
The Senator who claimed that these herders don’t enjoy good roads, electricity, and other social amenities being enjoyed by other Nigerians due to the nature of their occupation made it known that these herdsmen ought to be treated as citizens of the country by the Nigerian government, while citing the need for the FG to set apart adequate funds that will be used to sponsor these herdsmen amid their struggle for survival.
Senator Adamu further stressed that these herdsmen should also be able to enjoy the freedom and provisions that businessmen in Onitsha and Alaba are enjoying because the privilege that these businessmen are enjoying are provisions from public funds.
However, after going through Senator Adamu’s statement about how it seems as if the federal government isn’t doing enough to boost the process of livestock rearing for these herders, here is one important thing the Senator failed to attribute to the Federal government amid its numerous efforts to contribute to the welfare of these herdsmen.
Certainly, it may interest us to recall how the President Buhari-led government had some months ago approved the disbursement of a total sum of N6.25 billion for the development of cattle ranches in Katsina state. According to available reports on ground as at then, the governor of Katsina State, Sir Aminu Bello Masari had confirmed that the state government received the money which was purposely meant for the building of facilities like, slaughterhouses, solar-powered boreholes, and police stations in the ranch.
At this point, one could now be forced to wonder why Senator Adamu is lamenting that these herdsmen aren’t enjoying any benefits in the country as Nigerian citizens, thus urging the government to treat them the same way businessmen in Onitsha, and Alaba is being treated, when such amount of money has already been disbursed by the federal government to create a good ranching facility for these herders.