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Reactions as FG announces plans for Fulani radio

Reactions as FG announces plans for Fulani radio
May 24
12:12 2019
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The federal government on Tuesday announced that it has acquired an amplitude modulation (AM) radio broadcast licence to reach herdsmen across the country.

Announcing the development, Adamu Adamu, minister of education (pictured), said the move is part of measures to enhance nomadic education and curtail the farmer/herders crisis in the country.

Adamu said the radio service would operate on the frequency of 720KHz and would air in Fulfude, a language spoken mainly by the Fulani.

“The radio service will serve as a vehicle for social mobilisation and education, in addition to interactive radio instruction methodology that will be adopted to reach the very hard-to-reach segment of our target population,” the minister said.

“Additionally, it will enhance our capacity to address crisis between herders and farmers with attendant consequences to loss of lives, destruction of productive assets, nomadic schools, facilities teaching and learning resources.”

The development has since generated public reactions and controversy since it was announced.

A group under the aegis of Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has, however, said the radio service would be as a “weapon of spreading hate propaganda against other nationalities”.

It also argued that the official languages recognised by the constitution are English, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.

“It smacks on hypocrisy and deception for a government that has in the last four years denied responsibility on behalf of the Fulani herdsmen for crimes they even owned up to, to now tell us it wants to set up a radio for them to address the same issues,” the group said.

On its part, the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC)  said it is not totally against the move but “we need to be wary of the actions coming from the federal government these days”.

“The Yoruba must have their radio stations, as well as other tribes. Nigeria is a secular state with different religions and tribes, so whatever the government is doing should reflect the secularity of the Nigerian nation,” the group said in a statement.

“The south-west has all that is required to establish a Yoruba radio station. In fact, many of the thriving media organizations, including, print and electronics are located in the south-west, so we are good to go.”

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has also expressed its displeasure with the development.

Bayo Oladeji, CAN’s spokesman, accused the federal government of pampering herders.

“Why didn’t they set up a radio station for farmers too? Where is the radio station for the bandits in Zamfara, or for the Niger Delta militants? No single person has been prosecuted for the killings in the North-Central. Is the allegation by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that there is a planned Fulanisation of the country not playing out now?” the body said.

“Every adult in the North listens to the radio, so why can’t they reach the herdsmen on the existing radio stations? Why do they need to set up a different radio station for them? They should stop fooling us.”

Several Nigerians, including Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, have also taken to social media to air their opinions about the establishment of a Fulani radio.

Below are some of the reactions:

 

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