Fulanis Have Been Unfairly Treated In Nigeria — Ex-Bauchi Governor Isa Yuguda




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Former governor of Bauchi , Isa Yuguda, has alleged that the people have been neglected and treated poorly in Nigeria.

Speaking with journalists in Bauchi Monday, February 22, Isa Yuguda said: “I think the cattle rearers who have been herding for the past 200 years all over the country cannot just wake up in the morning and all of a sudden become AK-47 killers.

“And most importantly, the neglect of the , especially the cattle rearers who are presently giving Nigeria a minimum of one million cattle every day to slaughter and as beef, treatment by the people have been most unfair.

“Most unfair in the sense that, at the when Lord Luggard finished conquering Nigeria, they were the only source of revenue. They provided the revenue that jumpstarted development in terms of monopolizing in the north including Benue where they have been chased out now.

“They are pastoralists, they are people who beef for the country and you can see them as agricultural ventures or animal husbandry.

“There have been billions and trillions of investments in agriculture, in the forms of subsidies for fertilizer and so , have you ever heard the subsidizing pastoralism?

“What I am saying, in essence, is that the has been fair to these people. The mindset, especially down is that the Fulanis are gun-carrying people. There has been a clamour by senior of this country that we carry weapons but Governor (Bauchi governor) made a remark to that effect, everybody was sentimental.

“When a senior elder statement said we carry guns, where were you guys? Nobody wrote about it until Governor spoke about it. These people deserve the right to defend themselves, let us stop being sentimental for God sake.”

The statement by Bala he was making reference to is the one he made Thursday, Feb 11, that herdsmen need the AK-47 they carry to protect themselves since the government won’t.