Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje
Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has faulted the comment made by Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i over the security situation in the northwestern region of the country.
El-Rufa’i had recently stated on BBC Hausa service that lack of synergy among governors of the northwest is what hampers security efforts in the region.
However, speaking on Radio France, RFI, monitored in Kano on Thursday by Solacebase, Ganduje said El-Rufa’i might not understand the security efforts put in place by the governors of the area.
According to him, security agencies in the country had advised Kano, Kaduna and Bauchi States to collaborate and check security challenges in Falgore forest.
“The issue of lack of synergy does not arise in this context because, security agencies, have advised us to come and meet with Kano, Kaduna and Bauchi States to see how the activities of bandits in Falgore forest could be contained.
“I intimated both governors of Kaduna and Bauchi. Both had sent their delegations. There was the issue of the fund. Kano, Kaduna and Bauchi had all donated their funds and the exercise was eventually successful.
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” The way I see it, the governor did not understand security issues well because the security situation depends on the nature of a state. For instance, no matter how we strongly collaborate as governors, how should we check ethnic clashes in Kaduna? How should we check religious differences in Kaduna? You see, this is a problem that can only be checked by the Kaduna state government itself.
“Therefore, any security issue in a state depends on the efforts of the state government, the federal government, that is security agencies and the people of the state.
” For instance, in Kano, we have a harmonious working relationship with security agencies. We have state-of-the-art security gadgets. In Dansoshiya forest, we are building houses to accommodate Fulani herders in a bid to stop them from grazing in the southern parts of the country.
“In Falgore forest, there is an ongoing project of a military training camp. In the project, there is a provision for areas where Fulani herders would be accommodated. We, therefore, have this plan long ago.
“We have enough places to accommodate Fulani herders in Dansoshiya and Falgore forests. To restrict them into those places in order to prevent them from grazing in the southern part of the country is the only panacea to the lingering crises.
There are three categories of Fulani. There are Fulani, there are herders and their foreign Fulani herders who commit crimes.
It’s often forgotten that there are foreigners among those Fulani herders but nobody is talking about them. The moment a foreign Fulani herder infiltrated into Nigeria and committed a crime, he would be considered as Nigerian Fulani. Therefore, it is high time to ban them from entering Nigeria.
Secondly, those herders travelling from the north to south should be banned from doing so. Those that are saying they should not be banned from trekking to the southern part of the country for grazing should use their children to do so.
‘’This is a national issue. A robust bill by National Assembly is the only answer to the issue of farmer/herder conflict,’’ Ganduje said.