By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
Worried by the incessant herdsmen and Fulani herdsmen attacks in some parts of the country,Â a former Grand Khadi of the Kwara State,Â Shariah Court of Appeal, Justice Abdullahi Idris Haroon (rtd), at the weekend advised the federal governmentÂ to rise up to itsÂ responsibility of properly manning the countryâ€™s borders with competent personnel to check illegal immigrants particularly herdsmen from other neighboring countries at all times.
Justice Haroon (rtd) gave the advice in Ilorin while speaking with journalists on the state of nation.
Haroon who spoke against the backdrop of theÂ recent rampant killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen and clashes among farmers and residents of various communities said: â€œMost of the countryâ€™s borders are so porous to the extent that illegal immigrants mostly with questionable characters find easy access into the country.â€
He added that â€œsuch illegal immigrants had caused havocs to the unity, peace and coexistence of the Nigerian people and warned that if not checked, Nigerians would continue to live in an atmosphere of crimes and criminality.
â€œDifferent tribes, Fulani herdsmen and their cattle had lived together since time immemorial without crises and wondered why the present uprising is now going to an extremely dangerous dimension, which according to him, needed urgent intervention of government as well as the entire citizenry.â€
Â Haroon who is also the proprietor of Al-Mawrid International College, Ilorin,Â notedÂ that â€œin advanced or civilized countries, a portion of land is carved out for rearing of cattle, adding that â€œboth the farmers, the herdsmen as well as Â other categories of Nigerians need one another for mutual benefits as life cannot be disengaged from one another.â€
He stressed further that any country that plans any developmental programme according the to the jurist, â€œhas to do it holistically by carrying the youths along.
â€œThe introduction of nomadic education for nomads by the government is a nice and a welcome development, but the programme was not widely felt and not well pursued across the country.
Â â€œIf the nomadic education programme was adequately implemented, the crises among the various communities and that of the herdsmen and the farmers would not have arisen or degenerated to alarming and tragic level.â€
He however said: â€œThere is an urgent need for the federal government to investigate and probe the sources of sophisticated weapons such as AK47 riffles used by the suspected herdsmen and such weapons could only be handled by trained and enlightened people