Newly appointed Fulani (Ardol) leader in Imo state, Alhaji Abdulahi Umaro, has vowed to use his office to restore peace between pastoralists and farmers in various communities across the state.
Umaro told the Nigerian Tribune in Owerri shortly after his appointment through a meeting between the Fulanies, Farmers, Security Agencies, Leaders of Mayeti and Sarikin Hausawa of Imo State, Alhaji Auwal Babar Suliaman, held at Sarikin’s Palace Ama Hausa, along Duglas Road, Owerri Imo State, that he will do everything in his power to ensure cooperation between the farmers and pastoralists in the state.
The Fulanies Sarikin expresses his joy at his appointment and says he is ready to be in full control of any situation and immediately notify the government of any situation that may arise.
He regretted that until now there had been many complaints about the activities of farmers and ranchers in the state who blamed the lack of leadership at the time.
He said: “With my appointment I will ensure that both farmers and livestock farmers live and work comfortably in their various domains”.
While pledging to work with relevant agencies to ensure harmony, the Fulanies leader called for help from both the government and other agencies.
Speaking on behalf of the state government, Imo State Governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Gender, Vulnerable and Northern Affairs (men), Hon. Suliaman Ibrahim Suliaman said the essence of the meeting was to help the government create a peaceful environment for ranchers and farmers to work by appointing a new Fulani leader in the state.
He entrusted the leader with the responsibility of coordinating and controlling the activities of the herders in the state to ensure that the regular problems of attacks and violence against farmers are a thing of the past.
He assured him of the help and cooperation of the state government to succeed in bringing peace between peasants and lodgers in the igneous communities of their activities.
Nigerian Security and Civil Protection Corps NDSDC Deputy Commander Agro Rangers Unite Imo State Command Lawal Oladipo also spoke at the meeting pointing out that his office has been saddled with the responsibility of ensuring absolute peace between the farmers and the cattle. shepherds indicate the security situation in the state.
He said the dedication of his office required the need to convey the meeting he said started last week, adding that the essence was to rob the minds together and eventually come up with the best solutions.
The deputy commander pointed out that the meeting resolved one of two issues discussed, which were primarily aimed at addressing internal insecurity, resulting in the appointment of the new Fulani leader in the state.
He said: “What the assembly wants to achieve by appointing a new Fulani leader is to enable them to know who is who in the state”.
Oladipo instructed the new Fulani leader to assume his responsibilities, especially in identifying who is who and the difference between the grass and the farm so as not to cause harm to people’s farms.
He also advised him to choose the people he can control while assuring him of the cooperation of his office to succeed.
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