Fulani Associations in Nigeria have been called upon to shelve the idea of forming herdsmen vigilante in South East and in the whole of Southern Nigeria in the interest of peace and harmonious coexistence in the country.
Second Republic Senator Walid Jibrin made the call while addressing a press conference in Kaduna on Tuesday said, the existing Fulani Associations should first and foremost unite themselves, come to a round table and deliberate on challenges between the herdsmen and farmers and various communities in Nigeria with the view to finding a lasting solution.
Senator Jibrin who is equally the Sarkin Fulani said, forming the Herdsmen Vigilatee group in the South is capable of further causing crisis in the country.
According to him, “It is in my view that forming the Herdsmen Vigilante group in the South will only aggravate the situation instead of solving it.”
The elder statesman who is also a Fulani and one of the Northern leaders 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.
He said, the peace conference should be spearheaded 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.
“I urge all Fulani leaders and elders to come out and help in solving this problem while calling on all the Governors in the South East and other States in the South to remain calm as all efforts are on to solve this problem.
“May I again enlighten Nigerians that not all Fulani’s are Herdsmen and that Fulani’s are peace loving people and will certainly do everything possible to bring the situation to normalcy”.
He, therefore, called on all Nigerians to cooperate with all security agencies jn order to solve the problems of insecurity in Nigeria.
“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.