Senator representing kaduna Central Senatorial District in upper chamber of National Assembly, Shehu Sani has called on Fulani in general to embrace modern way of cattle business as done in other climes without raising dust.
The lawmaker also called on leadership of herdsmen, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to identify criminal elements among them whom he opined have portrayed the generality of Fulani tribe in bad light before the general populace.
He said the time has come for them to embrace the reality of 21st century method of cattle breeding, noting that breeding cattle from one community to other is becoming obsolete.
Activist turned politician stated this on Monday when the leadership of MACBAN paid him a courtesy visit on the issues bordering Fulani’s in Kaduna State and Nigeria as a whole.
According to him, other countries such as Argentina, Netherland and Switzerland cattle breeders are producing one million times of what they are producing because those countries embraced and adopted scientific method of cattle breeding.
He added that science and technology will seriously help Fulani’s adapt themselves in the 21st century if the State and Federal Government help then by redirecting their trade of cow milking to modern modality.
To make that possible he said, if the government can set up Ministry of Niger-Delta and if President Muhammadu Buhari is considering the idea of setting up North-east Development Commission, there is a need to set up National Commission for Nomads Agency in the country and States for which issues border on herdsmen will be squally addressed.
“Government has set up a lot of commissions, such as oil spilling and border communities then why not an agency for which issues that borders on Fulani are generally could be address”, he asked.
He said further that, “there is no doubt that Fulani’s problems today is a problem that bedevilled the country and affects in number of ways which could be ecological, environmental, political and security. It also bordered on different areas in our national lives as far as Fulani is concern.
“If l may decode from what you have said in this meeting, l have heard a lot from killings of your members, arbitrary arrest of your members, intimidation, kidnappings and all sort of harassments which your people faced in the last few years.
“It is very unfortunates that today, you have issues rising to being victims but the perception nationally does not in any way portray you as such. It portrays you from a very bad light. The image of Fulani man today has been badly battered by a number of things.
“Fulani men and women today are perceived as Fula herdsmen and that is very unfortunate, these are fundamental issues that touch on your dignity, integrity, reputation and image of yourselves and that of your children.
“If you have bad eggs within yourselves who pick arms and rid villages and killed innocent people then you have a duty to support security agencies to see that the bad eggs killer herdsmen are being dealt with seriously”, he warned.