Suspension Of Nigeria's Fulani Radio Fuels Clashes Between Farmers And Herdsmen
The Director-General of Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Is 'haq Kawu Modibbo and the Executive Secretary at the National Commission for Nomadic Education, Prof. Bashir H. Usman have blamed the suspension of Fulani Radio in Nigeria for the increase in clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country.
They said that the radio station would have catered for hunters, fishermen, herders and farmers but had been misconstrued.
Modibbo and Usman stated this recently at a stakeholders dialogue organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Abuja. They insisted that some unscrupulous Nigerian politicians had hidden agendas, which made them filter the plan through the media.
Modibbo said that when the National Commission for Nomadic Education came, they had actually requested an FM station, but NBC said that they needed a radio station that would reach every part of Nigeria, therefore, told them to do AM licensing instead and follow the usual pattern of licensing.
The Director-General of NBC noted that the station was then licensed because historically, the National Commission for Nomadic Education was statutorily meant to reach nomads in all parts of Nigeria.
He added that unfortunately, many of those who stand against the establishment of Fulani Radio are Nigerian political elites who have a hidden agenda to threaten the existence of the country.
Garba Abari, the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, assured that the National livestock transformation plan was in no means a RUGA settlement policy.
He said that the plan required the input of all Nigerians and that it's about the beliefs, business and beauty of Nigeria's people with a historical attachment to the production of livestock.
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