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Only justice can end Nigeria’s problems – Bauchi ex-Gov

By Rukayat Akanbi

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Ex-Gov of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda has said that doing justice to all regions can end security challenges facing the Country. Yuguda who governed the State between 2007 and 2015 joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) about two months to 2019 general elections was in Bauchi to revalidate his membership status.


While reacting to the incessant clashes between the Fulani herders and farmers, he said that as a Fulani man, he knew that Fulani men have been herding for the past 200 years and have been peaceful with their host communities.

Yuguda urged the government to look at the economic strength of the cow, of which all parts of its body translate to money. He reinstated that, settling of the herders in one place would boost milk production and other revenue generations.

“Over 1 million cattle are being slaughtered daily in Nigeria for beef, I think their treatment by the Nigerian State should be fair. This in the sense that when Lord Lugard finished conquering Northern Nigeria and set up a government in the North, they were (Fulani men) the only source of revenue. “They provided what jump-started development in the North and Benue State where they are now being chased away,” the former governor said.

Yuguda wondered why those who carry sticks could immediately turn to bandits. “These people don’t know what is called banditry in the past. “They are into animal husbandry and pastoralism. There have been billions and trillions of naira investments in agriculture in the forms of subsidy on fertilizer and others. Have you heard of the federal government subsidising pastoralism?

“Trillions of naira have been spent in salvaging banks. The amounts of money spent in the toxic areas amounting to N4 Billion. “When the white men came, they respected them because they were the only source of revenue to them. They created cattle routes from Maiduguri to Opktupo, to Lokoja and Ilorin. Today, where are grazing reserves?,” he asked.


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