DAILY FILE – The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum has lambasted the Federal Government for acquiring an Amplitude Modulation radio broadcast licence to reach Fulani herdsmen across various locations in the country.
The Forum said in a statement jointly signed by Yinka Odumakin, Prof Chigozie Ogbu, Senator Bassey Henshaw and Dr. Isuwa Dogo, that the move was ill-advised.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who had confirmed the acquisition of the licence in Abuja on Tuesday, said the radio service will operate on frequency of 720KHz, and will be strictly in Fulani language.
However, the Forum described the move as an indictment on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The statement reads in part, “The announcement came at a time the Federal Government has been acting as the information arm of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen by dissing the correct interpretation of the groups’ activities as attempts to Fulanise Nigeria.
“We totally reject this insensitive decision of the government.”
The Forum said the setting up of the radio station smacks of hypocrisy and deception for a government that has, in the last four years, denied responsibility on behalf of the Fulani herdsmen for crimes the herdsmen even owned up to.
The group noted that Section 55 of the 1999 Constitution recognises English,Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo as languages in which the official business of the National Assembly can be conducted.
“There was no mention of Fulani, which is not a language most northerners even understand.
“Why its sudden promotion to a language the Federal Government will set up a radio to promote?
Will it also set up radio stations for the officially recognised languages and the over 250 languages spoken in different parts of Nigeria?” the group asked.
The Forum said it feared that the proposed radio would become a weapon of spreading hate propaganda against other nationalities in Nigeria, given the way with which the Buhari administration has handled the killings of thousands of Nigerians in the last four years.
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