On Tuesday, May 21, 2019 the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced that the Federal Government of Nigeria has granted a radio license to Fulani herdsmen.
This statement has generated a lot of reactions from Nigerians, with some ardent supporters of the Buhari led administration lauding the Federal Government for granting the license, opposite comments of condemnation has also been aired by Nigerians on the establishment of the Fulani Radio Station.
NBC subsequently reacted to the report of the Federal Government that the management of the NBC granted broadcasting license to the National Commission for Nomadic Education, which the commission had applied for since 2018.
I think the recent reaction of NBC was not done in good faith and it was propelled by the outburst of controversy over the one language radio broadcast, just to shift the blame from them and to rationalize the approval under the guise of Nomadic Commission.
It will be relevant to take us back the Memory Lane and recall the Rwanda Genocide of 1994. Rwanda was a country like Nigeria having classified themselves into two group, the Tutsi group and Hutu group.
The segregation of difference begins with the German and Belgian colonialists. Choosing the Tutsi over Hutu because of their colour, white and tall they were. The colonialists rubberstamped the Tutsis into power, making them to dominate over the Hutus which has the largest population in Rwanda.
As it was different from Nigeria multi-ethnicity with multifarious languages, Rwandans speaks a language before the colony. No Hutu, no Tutsi.
The split between the duo was not fabricated by religious, nor by cultural differences, but was facilitated by economic ones (majorly, their occupations). Hutus were people who farmed crops, while Tutsi tends livestock. Rwanda was mostly populated by Hutus. The class division metamorphosed into ethnic division because cattle were of values than crops. Tutsi became the local elites, ruling over the Hutus for some time.
Domination of Tutsi and colonial support backing them create mounting violence. After the death of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, on April 6th, 1994. A radio station – Radio Television Libres des Mille Collines (RTLM) was established and its broadcast then, centered on airing to the Hutus, fanning the flames by spurring Hutus to keep the ball of genocide rolling on the Tutsi.
The Rwanda sardonic history is about to rewrite itself in Nigeria. You said no, Nigeria is quite different from Rwanda.
According to the survey, Hausa is the most spoken language in the Northern states. Federal Government claimed that the radio was saddled with the task of settling clashes between farmers, hunters and Fulani herdsmen.
I wonder if the Federal Government is not aware of the fact that farmers in western, southern, and eastern regions understand not Fulfulde language. Even Hausa, the most spoken language among the Northerners have not generate much empathy.
Why are we now talking of Fulfulde (Fulani language)? This means the excuse of settling clash among herdsmen and farmers is baseless and have no drop of fact it hold on to.
Not quite long, President Muhammad Buhari compared Miyetti Allah, Afenifere and Ndigbo as an equal entity. This statement shows that the invasion, kidnapping and massacre of innocent citizens perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen was normal and the President isn’t rueful or embittered about the happenings.
If the Federal Government necessitate Fulani Radio as a means to educate the Fulani herdsmen, then, it is also compulsory to do the same for the farmers, Niger Delta Militants and Zamfara bandits.
Fulanization and islamization of Nigeria is now smiling and making advances as it was asserted by the ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
If Nigerians are not ready to witness another phase of genocide. It is germane we raise our voices and call the Federal Government to order. Lest, Nigeria bloodletting will be worse than that of Rwanda.
Kolawole Emmanuel Tayo writes from Ibadan.
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