The Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN) has warned that armed herdsmen killings will be worse in the near future, far worse than Boko Haram, says Fulani leaders
The group’s National Chairman, Alhaji Sale Bayari stated this while speaking to journalists in Jos, Plateau State.
The warning followed the upsurge in attacks by Fulani herdsmen since this year.
Alhaji Bayari therefore asked President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to wise counsel from national leaders, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and mend the broken fences.
He said: “In moving the nation forward, the government must listen to some elder statesmen, irrespective of what their political views or affiliation is. Obasanjo is one of them.
“I have found out that if any government in Africa is to tap one-third of what is in the brain of Obasanjo and use it, Africa will be better.
“Similarly, West Africa and Nigeria will be better for it. The leaders know our problem. And then whenever they talks and explode like Obasanjo sometimes, I have found out that it is because they have made efforts to be listened to without success.
“They will then feel that posterity will judge him harshly if he does not come out to tell Nigerians and the world the truth of things.”
Speaking further, he said: “Undoubtedly, Obasanjo is an embodiment of knowledge, experience and he knows very well the problem of our country, Nigeria. There is nobody, dead or alive, today that thinks the way Obasanjo does or knows what Obasanjo knows.
“He knows Nigeria, Africa and the entire world like the back of his hand. That is why I am advising this government to tap the brains of people like Obasanjo.
“He is a person that can lead the government into looking critically at the problem bedeviling the nation and finding a way forward.”
GAFDAN said Buhari should also listen to other statesmen like Yakubu Gowon, Ango Abdullahi, Sultan of Sokoto, Oni of Ife and Obi of Onitsha, saying they have this nation at heart and would not want it to disintegrate.
“If they put their machinery in place,” he said, “I bet you that peace and progress will be achieved. But unfortunately, nobody is mobilising them or seeking their input in solving the national crises.
“These people know what to do or the right people to call, among other things in solving the problems.”
GAFDAN was quoted by The Guardian Newspapers as expressing fear that if the crises across the country were allowed to degenerate, the government would not be able to tackle them.
Speaking in comparison of armed herdsmen with Boko Haram, he said:
“If the nation has been unable to tackle Boko Haram since 2009, then it is a greater danger if crises burst out in other states or regions in the nation.
“Recently, the Secretary of the Government, Boss Mustapha said if the armed banditry was not carefully handled, it would be worse than the Boko Haram insurgency.
“I totally agree with him because if you look at the way the thing is building up now, you will know what I am talking about.
“Very soon, some religious and insurgent groups may capitalise on it to recruit people for other nefarious acts. We should not allow this to happen, and we should do everything possible to halt it.
The GAFDAN Chairman said the crisis in Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba, Benue and Nassarawa as well as the agitations in the Niger Delta by militants, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South East, Afenifere in the South West threaten the peace and unity of the country.