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Registration of Fulani Herdsmen in South-west Underway

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By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

The leadership of the Fulani community resident in the South-west rose from an emergency meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, at the weekend resolving to embark on compulsory registration of all Fulani herdsmen operating in the various states in the geo-political zone including their animals.

This is to ensure effective monitoring of their activities by their host communities and security operatives to guard against unwholesome behaviours.

The meeting followed the recent kidnap of former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae, by people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen and its threat to the unity between Yoruba and Hausa communities in the South-west.

The meeting, which lasted six hours, was held inside the Sasa Palace of the Sardauna Yamma and Chairman of the Sarkin Hausawas in the 17 Southern States, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin, who also presided over the deliberations.

Addressing newsmen on the resolutions, Alhaji Maiyasin who doubles as the Sarkin Sasa of Ibadanland called for cooperation of the host communities including the various states and local governments in supporting the Fulani leadership to effectively implement the proposed registration exercise.

According to him, the meeting also mandated Fulani parents to keep close watch on their children and wards to ensure that they do not engage in anti-social behaviours or consumption of hard drugs.

The Fulani community expressed delight over the proactive measures taken by the security operatives, which led to the arrest and subsequent prosecution of the suspected kidnappers of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Falae, while advocating that severe punishment be meted out to all those implicated in the kidnapping saga to serve as deterrent.

The community, however, expressed reservations over the secession threat by the Afenifere over the Fulani herdsmen controversy saying, “the outburst by the Pan-Yoruba socio-political group was least expected of whoever professes to be national leaders, as this could heat up the polity and also create bad blood in the land.”

To this end, the Fulani community charged leaders of the various ethnic groups in the country notably Afenifere, MASSOB, Arewa Consultative Forum and such others to “be cautious in their utterances and always make patriotic pronouncements that would unite the country and not those that would set the nation ablaze.

“We should take into cognizance the fact that centuries of co-habitation between the Fulani and Yoruba in the South-west had blossomed into inter-marriages between the two ethnic groups, hence leaders from both sides should always preach peace and not discord,” the resolutions further stated.

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