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Herdsmen/Farmers: FG tasked on boarder security mechanism

The Federal Government had been advised to rise up to its  responsibility of properly manning the nation’s borders by competent personnel to check illegal immigrants particularly herdsmen from other neighboring countries at all times.

A former Grand Khadi of the Kwara State Shariah Court of appeal, Justice Abdullahi Idris Haroon (rtd) stated this on Saturday while speaking with journalists in Ilorin the Kwara State capital.

Haroon who spoke in reaction to the recent rampant killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen and clashes among farmers and residents of various communities said, “most of the nation’s borders are so porous to the extent that illegal immigrants mostly with questionable characters find easy access into the country.”

He added “such illegal immigrants had caused havocs to the unity, peace and coexistence of the Nigerian people and warned that if not checked, Nigerians would continue to live in an atmosphere of crimes and criminality.

“Different tribes, Fulani herdsmen and their cattle had lived together since time immemorial without crises and wondered why the present uprising is now going to an extremely dangerous dimension, which according to him, needed urgent intervention of government as well as the entire citizenry.”

ROYAL NEWS reports that Haroon who is the proprietor of Al-Mawrid (fountain ) International college Ilorin disclosed that in advanced or Civilized countries, a portion of land is carved out for rearing cattle adding that both the farmers, the herdsmen and other categories of Nigerians need each other for mutual benefits as life can not be disengaged from one another.

Any nation that plans any developmental programme according h to the jurist, “has to do it holistically by carrying the youths along.  The introduction of nomadic education for nomads by the government is a nice and a welcome development, but the programme was not widely felt and not well pursued across the country.”

His words: “If the nomadic education programme was adequately implemented, the crises among the various communities and that of the herdsmen and the farmers would not have arisen or degenerated to alarming and tragic level.

“There is an urgent need for the Federal Government to investigate and probe the sources of sophisticated weapons such as AK47 riffles used by the suspected herdsmen and such weapons could only be handled by trained and enlightened people.

 

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