Prof. Ango Abdullahi, has said Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria are suffering and he called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the problems affecting them.
Abdullahi, who also advised the Federal Government to rehabilitate 600 abandoned grazing reserves in the North to address their sufferings, claimed Fulani were better off during the colonial era.
“The Fulani herdsman was better off when the British were here. The British created track roads for Fulani herdsmen, created veterinary clinics for them, created cattle markets and so on for them having realised that they contributed significantly to Nigeria’s economy particularly in the agricultural sector and livestock production.
“Look at subsidies that are going to our farmers, you go and check if you will find out what subsidy goes to the herdsmen, nothing. You are having subsidy for electricity, you are having subsidy for water, you are having subsidy for roads, yet the Fulani herdsman has no subsidy whatsoever and he is the most hardworking Nigerian today but he is now being malign as the cause of insecurity.
“His animals had been stolen and sold in the city, so when you deprived him of his animals what do you want him to do? He will be hostile.
“We should revive all the abandoned cattle routes from Niger downwards. There are 600 neglected grazing reserves in northern Nigeria alone, what you need to do is to rehabilitate them, I think this is the little you can do for the herdsmen.”