KAFANCHAN – Sen. Nenadi Usman (PDP-Kaduna South) on Tuesday in Kafanchan, Kaduna State urged the Fulanis who fled the area out of fear of reprisal attacks to return to their homes.
Usman made the call during a meeting she held with Fulani chiefs, also known as Ardos, in Kaura, in the Kaura Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
The Senator, who expressed her bitterness over the Fulanis’ departure after having lived in the communities all their lives, assured them of security of their lives and property upon their return.
She said the local council had concluded arrangements, which would guarantee the safety of the Fulanis, by ensuring they are members of its security sub-committee.
“The gesture will give them (the Fulanis) a sense of togetherness,’’ Usman said.
Earlier, in a welcome address, Mr Kumai Badu, the Council Chairman, said the meeting had provided an avenue for the Ardos to air their grievances. [eap_ad_2] He said it was part of government’s reconciliatory process.
Badu, while commending the Ardos for demonstrating a sense of belonging, assured them that government would not relax in its efforts to protect the lives and property of every Nigerian.
“The council will meet with its traditional rulers and youth leaders on modalities which will guarantee peaceful co-existence between the Fulanis and members of the community,’’ he said.
Malam Salisu Ibrahim, who spoke on behalf of the Fulani chiefs, assured that the Fulani community members were willing to return to their settlements and live at peace with everyone.
Ibrahim, who is the Ardo of Manchock, said there were fears about returning to the area, from speculations making the rounds that they would be attacked upon their return.
He then urged the government to caution aggrieved youths to imbibe a forgiving spirit and accommodate all a sundry.(NAN)[eap_ad_3]