Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani yesterday said he was working on a bill to address the plight of Fulani nomads in respect of cattle rustling and grazing in the country.
Sani, who made this disclosure in an interview with NAN in Kaduna, said the problem of cattle rustling, nomads/farmers clash could only be addressed through government intervention.
“Our Fulani nomads are vulnerable; they have problems with farmers; they are being disturbed by cattle rustlers; they are equally confronted with problems of tax issues with government officials.
“We need to have an institution of government that will holistically look at issues affecting the nomads and see how they can be addressed,” he said.
Sani described cattle rustling that had become too persistent in the northern part of the country as a serious security challenge that needed to be addressed.
“You cannot divorce cattle rustling from the trend of crimes in our society. It is also an aspect of crime and crime is a direct product of degeneration and decadence of the socio-economic setting of the country.
“People become thieves, armed robbers, kidnappers, even as cattle rustling has become a serious challenge in this part of the country.
“It is not about sending soldiers to forest to rescue cattle; the moment the soldiers are gone, the bandits will return and go after the nomads.
“I am therefore working on a bill that will address this very big problem before it poses more serious threats to national security,” Sani said.
He also stressed the need for regional efforts, especially within the West African sub region in addressing the problem.
According to him, ECOWAS need to have serious interest in this problem, because the herdsmen are nomads with no borders; the same thing with bandits.
“So we need to address this security challenge both nationally and regionally”.
The senator stressed the need to reach out to the international community to address the challenge of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) flushed out of their homes and communities by the Boko Haram insurgents.
According to him, the call is necessary because we cannot fully fund our refugee agencies.
He said that the plight of millions of people displaced from their homes and villages had become the responsibilities of the Nigerian Government and the international community.

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