Leaders of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum of Nigeria has warned the Federal Government about the dangers of setting up the Fulani Radio station. They said the radio will be used as a propaganda to disseminate false and hateful information that will result to violence against other tribes and regions in the country.
Major Nigerian Newspapers have more on this story:
Guardian Newspaper: Fulani radio is route to crisis, leaders warn
The spokesperson of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum warned the Federal Government about the plan to set up a radio station for Fulani herdsmen. They said this would lead to a crisis in the country as the station would be used as a medium to spread hateful propaganda against other nationalities in the country.
This decision by the Federal Government to open a Fulani Radio Station for the Fulani herdsmen is coming just when Nigerians are accusing the Federal Government for allegedly trying to excute a “Fulanization” agenda. The Federal Government has already denied this claim.
“We totally reject this insensitive decision of the government,” the forum said in a statement by spokespersons Yinka Odumakin (South West), Prof. Chigozie Ogbu (South East), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South South), and Dr. Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt).
Punch Newspaper: CAN, JNI clash over FG’s radio station for herdsmen
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum and the Christian Association of Nigeria have clashed with the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, over a radio licence acquired by the Federal Government to reach herdsmen.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had in an interview with journalists on Wednesday said the Federal Government had acquired an Amplitude Modulation broadcast radio licence for the herdsmen as part of efforts to end perennial farmers-herders’ clashes.
CAN faulted the plan by the Federal Government to set up a radio station purportedly to reach out and persuade Fulani herdsmen to stop killing farmers.
It described the plan as a confirmation of the allegation by former President Olusegun Obasanjo about the planned Fulanisation of the country by the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
Sun Newspaper: Govs blow hot over LG funds
The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) comprising governors of the 36 states has taken the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to task over orders to its members not to tamper with funds accruing to local governments from the federation accounts.
Apart from being unconstitutional, the Forum said the order, which it described as undue interference, is detrimental to the interest of states and local governments as it would cripple programmes such as the Universal Basic Education, Primary Health Care Under One Roof as well as the payment of the salaries of teachers, medical doctors and health workers among others which are primarily funded by state governments.
Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, maintained that the NFIU order issued to governors not to touch revenues disbursed to local governments every month from the federation account, is unconstitutional.