The senator representing Nasarawa West in the National Assembly and the chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Abdullahi Adamu has kicked against banning Fulani herdsmen in the country.
The senator made this statement on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 while addressing newsmen in Abuja.
Abdullahi Adamu said that the proposed banning of herdsmen from Benue or other states of the federation was not an option, as it is unconstitutional, retrogressive and even primitive.
“I will not allow my geopolitical zone be turned to a killing field. The mass killing of our country men and women for whatever reason diminishes all of us. It diminishes our humanity; it diminishes our brotherhood and sisterhood and it diminishes our patriotism,” Senator Adamu said.
In defense of the current administration, Adamu said that “herdsmen have been part of the cocktail of security challenges bedeviling Nigeria from time immemorial. It did not just start.
“They still manage to bridge the security cordon, despite efforts by our security forces to tame them.”
The former governor called on state governments to consider the proposed establishment of cattle colonies as a solution to the lingering herdsmen-farmers conflicts. .
According to him, “Whether it is cattle colonies, ranches or whatever, this moment calls for collective actions to engender peace than calling for the President’s head.
“This is part of efforts at finding solution to the problem and it made the Ministers of Agriculture and Internal Affairs met with governors of states most affected by the criminal activities of the herdsmen.
“They came up with suggestions that there is need to establish cattle colonies. This does not appear to go down well with these governors and some other people. I do not think anyone is trying to impose this on states concerned. It is part of search for solution.
“We need to dispassionately examine the merits and the demerits of cattle colonies and cattle ranches.
“Which is better and more practicable? Is there a third option?”