Kwara Gov, Fulani leaders meet on security, peaceful coexistence



Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has met with Fulani leaders in the state with security and peaceful coexistence top on the agenda.

The meeting is amidst ultimatums on cattle grazing in some southern states and mass exodus of herders to the northern part of the country, especially Kwara State.

He told the Fulani leaders in the state that there was the need to engage them on how to manage such a movement.

The meeting, Governor Abdulrazaq explained, was also to forge a consensus on how to manage herders-farmers relations.

He said, “the meeting is for security and peaceful coexistence especially in the light of what is happening around us.

“There is a security implication from such and what the government is doing, including the National Livestock Transformation Programme and the special agriculture processing zone, is basically to engage the Fulani community for better understanding on programmes like nomadic education, and healthcare delivery” among others lined up for them.”

He assured them of fair treatment, urging them to work with the government and other stakeholders to prevent crimes and guarantee peace and security for all.

“The Fulani in Kwara, like other communities in the state, will receive government’s protection and patronage in terms of infrastructure projects and social security programmes,” he further assured.

State Police Commissioner, Tuesday Assayomo, said the essence of the meeting was to seek the cooperation of the Fulani community as the government and security agencies intensify efforts to beef up security.

President, Fulani Elites, Kwara State chapter, Alhaji Ahmed Magaji, said it was unfortunate that nomadic Fulani identity was being painted badly.

He lamented their age-long suffering from discrimination and poor access to quality education.

Earlier, spokesman of the Fulani community in the state, Alhaji Atiku Abdulsalam, commended Abdulrazaq for providing them 16 hand-pump boreholes which has deepened their access to potable water.


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