Mixed reactions continue to trail the decision of the south west governors to launch a regional security unit named “Amotekun”.
The loudest protests have been coming from the Fulani who feel the security unit will discriminate and target herdsmen disproportionately. The National Women Leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural association, Hajiya Baheejah Mahmood, has said Nigerians will know the importance of Fulani if they go on strike for one week.
She lamented that the group sacrifices so much to see that Nigerians enjoy themselves especially during festive seasons, yet they get nothing but victimization in return.
“The Fulani contribute a lot to the economy of the country and its people. They provide the country with over 90 per cent of its meat requirement. The cattle provide beef; they rear chickens, guinea fowls, goat and sheep too. “They contribute to the dairy (milk) production and supply of hides and skin of the country, which contributes to the GDP of the economy. The affordable meat and eggs consumed in Nigeria are largely as a result of the activities of the Fulani.
During festivities of Muslims and Christians, and almost anything in-between, cattle, sheep and goats are used which are readily available as a result of the transhumance activities of the Fulani. All the products of the activities of the Fulani contribute to the nutritional enhancement of the country with provision of protein in form of meat, eggs and dairy.”,She said.
“The Fulanis as a people gain next to nothing from the government of the country. Because they are mostly on the move, the Fulani’s do not benefit from the provision of basic amenities such as schools, hospitals and roads. They hardly know the importance of infrastructural items such as electricity, tap or borehole water and bridges.
What the Fulani need is a kind of public/private partnership (PPP) arrangement with the government to boost the production of the animals and their products. “For example, if the Fulani should decide not to bring their livestock to the market for one week, all Nigerians will then know and appreciate their contribution to the economy and the well-being of Nigerians.