Malam Isah Yuguda, a two times former governor of Bauchi State, has been elected head of Tabital Pulaaku in Nigeria, an internation Fulani socio-cultural group.
The former governor while seaking to BBC Hausa at the end of stakeholders meeting of the group in Abuja over the weekend, said Tabital Pulaaku has a great role to play in bringing lasting solutions to farmers-herders clashes which has persisted over the years in Nigeria.
He said if the federal government give them needed support, they will end the decade-long Fulani unrest in Nigeria within six months.
Malam Yuguda noted that the group’s priorities will be to find the bottom line of the security problem and pragmatic ways of solving them.
“Some of them were just criminals, while many others have seen how their parents were murdered in their presence, how their mothers being raped in their presence and will resort to carrying arms in the forest as we usually hear from the bandits’ leaders”.
To Yuguda, because of the historical contribution of Fulanis to Nigeria’s economy, Nigeria has never imported meat from foreign countries, stressing that their present livelihood is in tatters and their economy is ruined and they are being scattered.
“Their parents were killed, their cows rustled, they will feel traumatized, we will certainly create ways for these young men to come out of the forest and embrace this culture of Fulaku, which is to be shy and respect people,” said Isa Yuguda.
He said only the Fulani can solve the problem of their fellow Fulani and bring them back from the forests if they are given a chance.