Gombe, Benue, Adamawa, Zamfara are ready to accept the return of the shepherds
The governments of Gombe, Benue, Adamawa and Zamfara states have pledged to host pastors who move north.
The Forum of Northerners of Elders, in a statement released Friday by its director of advertising and protection, Dr. Hakim Baba-Ahmed, urged northern governors to “prepare to receive law-abiding Fulani pastors who may be forced to move north. “
In response, Ismaila Misilli, the general director of press relations for the Gombe State House of Government, said that the state is ready to welcome its citizens in connection with their decision to return home.
Misilli said: “Whoever is from our state and has gone somewhere to look for greener pastures, and now, for their own reason, decides to return home, we must accept him. He is our man, probably a son or daughter. You must get them. “
Likewise, Benue State Governor Samuel Hortom said on Friday that the state is ready to welcome all Fulani shepherds leaving the southern part of the country, provided that returning shepherds who choose to stay in Benue State must abide by the law. the state.
Hortom responded to the Northern Elders Forum’s call on northern governors to prepare to welcome law-abiding pastors who may be forced to move north due to tensions in the south.
The governor, who spoke through his top spokesman, Terver Akase, noted that the state has no problem with anyone doing legitimate business and abiding by state laws.
He said, “As long as they (the Fulani herders) are willing to raise their livestock and comply with the law banning open grazing and government ranches, Benue State will have no problem with them.”
Recall that in 2017, the state passed a law prohibiting open grazing and livestock raising.
In addition, the government of Adamawa State announced that it is ready to relocate the returned shepherds from the south.
Adamawa State House General Director of Media and Communications Solomon Kumangar said on Friday that the state, which is a state party to the National Livestock Transformation Plan, will be able to host Fulani pastoralists for a specified time if it does. decision of the Northern Governor’s Forum.
Kumangar said, “Adamawa is already included in the National Livestock Processing Plan. As a reminder, it was launched in the state in 2019 by the vice president of the Gongoshi Reserve. It also serves to accommodate farmers and shepherds for a certain period.
“If the northern governors decide to absorb pastors returning from the southern part, the government of Adamawa State will act on that decision.”
Likewise, Governor Bello Matavalle of Zamfara State expressed his willingness to welcome the Fulani shepherds.
Matavalle, who spoke through his media assistant, Zilani Bappu, condemned all forms of discrimination against individuals for crimes committed by individuals, stating “This is a complete injustice.”
He argued that not all Fulani were criminals, adding that every tribe has good and bad eggs.
The Governor said: “My administration wants to reassure Nigerians that Zamfara State will never undermine the Nigerian Constitution by denying any Nigerian or group of Nigerians free access to the state and free association with its citizens.
Source: – Punch Ng