BY Jemilat Nasiru
Vice-President Kashim Shettima says the federal government will soon unveil the “Pulaku solution”, an initiative aimed at addressing the root causes of insurgency, banditry and poverty in the northern region.
“Pulaku” is a Fulani word which means “to be shy”.
Addressing journalists in Kano state, on Sunday, the vice-president said the initiative will be unveiled “in a couple of weeks”.
Shettima was in Kano to condole with the state government and residents over the death of Abubakar Galadanci, an elder statesman.
He said using the military alone cannot solve the crisis in the north-western region, adding that both kinetic and non-kinetic measures are needed.
“President Bola Tinubu is determined to define the meaning and concept of modern governance, and the crisis we have in the north-west, which is further accentuated by poverty,” a statement by Olusola Abiola, director of information, office of the vice president, quoted Shettima as saying.
“The social exclusion is also something that the president is determined to frontally confront and in the coming weeks, he is going to unveil the Pulaku solution.
“Unless we want to engage in an endless war of attrition, there cannot be a military solution to the crisis in the north-west; there has to be a kinetic and non-kinetic solution.
“In the next couple of weeks, we will unveil the Pulaku solution which will address the grievances and social exclusion of our Fulbe cousins in the north-west and also towards addressing the root causes of all the banditry and insurgency in the nation.”
Shettima was accompanied to Kano by Barau Jibrin, deputy senate president, among others.