THE NOMADIC HERDSMEN AND MINISTER’S BAN

THE issue of Fulani herdsmen is quite a worrying one.

Indeed, the security agencies seem to be at their wits end trying to grapple with the situation.

Even though there are many people of Fulani origin occupying various positions of importance and contributing to the nation’s development, the mention of the name Fulani seems to generate anger among some sections of the population.

All over the country, the activities of the herdsmen had given rise to concerns and protests by various communities.

In some instances, some of the indigenes had sought to resolve the problems through violence.

The nomadic herdsmen have variously been accused of invading communities, allowing their cattle to plunder farms, killing or maiming people, and raping women.

Some have even taken to armed robbery and other criminal acts.

On Page Three of today’s issue, the Times carries a report of a group of armed robbers attacking passengers on board three buses- a Metro Mass Transit and two Benz buses- travelling from Tatale to Yendi and Tamale in the Northern Region.

The victims said members of the gang, all of Fulani extraction, robbed them of their moneys and mobile phones, and those who had none to give were mercilessly beaten.

The Fulani herdsmen have caused so much trouble that the Volta Regional Minister, apparently exasperated with the situation, has directed that those from other parts of the country should not be given sanctuary in the region.

As we reported on Monday, May 4, the Minister, Helen Ntoso, said information indicates that some communities in other parts of the country have expelled the Fulani herdsmen, some of who have entered the Volta Region with their animals, while a large number of them are on their way.

She stated that the only help the Regional Co-ordinating Council will give is to allow them to pass through the region peacefully to their final destination, under security guard.

While the Times appreciates the concerns of the Minister, we believe the problem should not be tackled separately at regional level. One wonders where their final destination is, when no one wants them.

We suggest that the issue be taken up at the national level, and a holistic approach adopted to resolve it. For instance, the security agencies can be tasked to stop these nomads from entering the country, and those already around, flushed out.

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