Mr. Adamu Adamu, the Nigeria Minister of Education on Tuesday disclosed that the Nigeria government has gotten a radio broadcast that will reach all herdsmen in the country.
The main purpose of this development was to enhance nomadic education and eradicate farmers/ herders conflict in the country.
The government disclosed, the radio will air in Fulfude, a language spoken by the Fulani tribe and it will operate under the frequency of 720KHz.
However, many groups and members of the public have raised their concern over this development, the aegis of Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has said this radio will be used as a weapon in spreading hate propaganda against other nationalities, thereby increasing conflict in the country.
“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.
The Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) in a statement gave their opinion that “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.”
Bayo Oladeji, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) spokesman, raised their displeasure over this Fulani radio.
“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.”
Nigerians have taken to the social media platforms, airing their concerns over this new development