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Dambazau Calls for Cleanup of Weapons, Drugs Among Fulani Youths – Legit.ng

  • Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) has called for an immediate cleanup of weapons and drugs among Fulani herders
  • Dambazau, who is a former Minister of the Interior Ministry and former Army Chief of Staff phoned a conference in Abuja.
  • The former minister stressed the need for urgent practical solutions to the kidnapping by Fulani youth across the country

FCT, Abuja – A former interior minister, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), has called for an urgent removal of Guns and drugs among Fulani youth as part of practical solutions to the country’s ugly trend of kidnapping.

Dambazau called out in his paper entitled “Dilemma of the Fulbe pastoralist” presented at the Pastoralist and Fulani Security Conference in Abuja.

The newspaper Vanguard reports that the conference was held under the motto:

“Examining the current challenges faced by pastoralism and the Fulani with the aim of offering workable solutions to address the insecurity across the country

It was jointly organized by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and the Northern Consensus Movement (NCM).

According to him, one of the steps should be to block access to weapons and eliminate all weapons that are already in circulation in the Fulbe herdsmen’s youth environment.

His words:

“We must also clean up the stable, and by that I mean, with the help of the NDLEA, the society must work against drug abuse among the Ful Shepherd youth.

“We must ensure justice and a development of Hum capital, which would improve the education and health of the Fulbe herdsmen in order to open up more opportunities for self-development in society.”

“To achieve this, the Fulbe herdsmen should, in addition to acquiring skills are granted access to quality education and healthcare facilities.”

He said there was another dilemma that the group remained in the woods and spread out over the new criminal industry of banditry and kidnapping for ransom involving many of their youth.

He added:

“While in the past he has easily Identified by his stick, which he used to control the movement of his livestock, he is now identified with the AK47 and other light weapons, which he uses to attack rural communities and also to ambush and kidnap Passagi ere and motorists traveling on the highways.

“The Fulani pastoralist was known as humble, kind, meek, disciplined, honest and selfless, but today he is seen as a bandit, murderer, rapist, cattle thief and kidnappers.”

FCT minister praises political dialogue on Fulani pastoralists

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Tribune newspaper reports that the federal capital’s minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello described the conference as a commendable initiative.

He said it will ensure peaceful coexistence, security of life and property, and unity and development of the country.

Bello also noted that the interactive dialogue is timely as it aims to find lasting solutions to the challenges of pastoral-pastoral clashes in some parts of Nigeria and Sub-Saha ra region in Africa.

Bandits invade the Catholic Church in Katsina, kidnapping priests and others.

Remember that Gunmen broke into the vicarage of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, in Kafur Municipality, Katsina State, early Wednesday, May 24.

The gunmen kidnapped two priests and two others in the church.

Sokoto Catholic Diocese Director of Social Communications, Rev. Christopher Omotosho, confirmed the development.

Source : Legit.ng