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Radio Station For Terrorism; Height of Absurdity

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Nigeria News takes a look at the plan of the Federal Government to set up a radio station for Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria.

Going by Global Terrorism Index, herdsmen are the fourth most dangerous terrorist group but in Nigeria they are the new bride being treated with utmost respect by the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder Association of Nigeria, the umbrella body of the herders, has never denied the allegation that many of its members kill and kidnap across the country, yet the government will rather turn a deaf ear than bringing this terror group to book.

Agreed that not all herdsmen are Fulani, greater numbers of crime that are being committed by herdsmen in the last four years of this administration are done by Fulanis among them.

Fortunately and unfortunately, President Buhari is Fulani, which of course makes the current situation of herders crisis looks more interesting and equally delicate to address.

Has Buhari ever been looked straight in the face by the members of the country security council that the new group of terrorists are his kinsmen?

Has he been told that the Boko Haram activity is steadily being subdued but the issue of herdsmen, banditry and kidnapping are making the country more unsecured by the day?

Did the police ever told him that many of the crimes are now been committed by Nomadic herdsmen who daily invade farmlands with their cattle to destroy crops, fight farmers and kill their families or they only tell him that all is well and that they are in charge of the situation?

I guess that Buhari has not got the true pictures of the terror acts of the herdsmen as he has failed in so many ways to address these Janjaweed, including acquiring a radio license on Amplitude Modulation to air in Fulfulde, the language of the Fulani herdsmen as the new way to curb these criminals.

According to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu who disclosed that the Federal Government had acquired the radio license, this is a step by Buhari administration to educate the Fulani herdsmen.

Setting up a radio station for an ethnic group to stem the clash between herdsmen and farmers is like clapping with one hand. It is a double standard policy that has confirmed the comment of former President Olusegun Obasanjo that the Buhari’s regime is trying to “Fulanise” Nigeria.

How will the government regulate this radio station when it is strictly for Fulani herdsmen that have been found to be the more aggressive between the two warring groups?

To me, the government should have acquired a community radio station license, which will air in the language that both the warring faction understand, not just in Fulfulde.

What happens to the farmers, many of whom do not understand Fulfulde? The radio station will not only strengthen the criminal activity of the herdsmen but spread their strategies beyond the northern parts of the country.

There are many questions to ask about the motive of this radio station and it goes beyond providing nomadic education. If Radio Biafra is not allowed to stay, then Fulani herdsmen do not deserve a radio station. Let the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria create a progamme in Fulfulde in which the herdsmen can be well informed.

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