BY ADEYEMI AKANJI, BAUCHI – The Associations of Fulani Socio-cultural groups on the aegis of Daddo Pulaku, Bauchi State has demanded for Executive backing from the Bauchi State Government for a four percent of the total landmass of the state.
The associations said that the granting of four percent of the state land mass to them would help to address incessant violent clashes between farmers and herders which has claimed several lives.
In a memorandum it submitted to the Panel of Inquiry to violent clashes between Farmers and Herders in the Bauchi State, Daddo Pulaku said its demand became necessary as contained in the list of gazetted and ungazetted grazing reserves in Bauchi state which have been taken over illegally over the years.
The associations urged the state government to ensure the full implementation of the castle routes law of Bauchi State, 2018 as contained in the bill passed by the State House of Assembly which enforced the non-cultivation of both sides of all major roads in the state by 30 meters from the drains.
The memorandum signed by Muhammad Aminu Tukur, Chairman, Daddo Pulaku, Bauchi State for other leaders of the associations, further said; “nomads, not only in Bauchi state, the country and indeed greater West Africa sub-region are being threatened with such an intense hostility that are having multiplier effect every year, if not on daily basis.
“The most pertinent thing being the fact that all those challenging our right to live and choice of occupation are the most gluttonous protein (beef) eaters and addictive milk consumers. Nomadic communities all over the world are never known to be parasites but major contributors to the economy of all Nation states”.
The memorandum further said that the nomads have serious challenges in all the 20 LGAs of the state with the most cases common in Itas/Gadau, Ganjuwa and Bauchi LGAs where some village heads along with land officers are busy apportioning grazing reserves and cattle routes to themselves and selling to individuals among other things.