A former Governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Isa Yuguda, has condemned the profiling of Fulani herdsmen as criminals.
In an interview with journalists shortly after his revalidation as a member of the All Progressives Congress, at the Destination Bauchi Hotel, on Monday, the former governor said Fulani herdsmen are being treated unfairly in Nigeria.
He said herdsmen, who have provided the country with a minimum of one million cattle to slaughter daily, have been neglected by the federal government over the years.
According to him, if the government could release huge sums of money as subsidies in agriculture, why can’t the government subsidise pastoralism?
“The neglect of the Fulani especially the cattle rearers who are presently giving Nigeria a minimum of one million cattle every day to slaughter and take as beef, their treatment by the Nigerian people have been most unfair,” he said.
“Most unfair in the sense that, at the time when Lord Luggard finished conquering northern Nigeria, they were the only source of revenue. They provided the revenue that jumpstarted development in terms of monopolizing infrastructure in the north including Benue state where they have been chased out now.
“They are pastoralists, they are people who provide 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 on, have you ever heard the federal government subsidizing pastoralism?
“What I am saying, in essence, is that the Nigerian state has not been fair to these people. When the white man came, he respected them because they were his source of revenue, not only that he provided cattle routes from Maiduguri to Otukpo, from Sokoto to Lokoja and Ilorin and these infrastructures were provided by the white people.
“So, let us stop being sentimental, for goodness sake, otherwise, this country will crumble and it is crumbling in your hands, and I am afraid, you the press are the people creating these problems. You have to save this country for yourselves, you are the young ones, or else, you’ll inherit no country,” he said.