Fulani Community Seeks Grazing Land in Abuja


By Zakari Isah - Kaduna 

The Fulani community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has issued a heartfelt plea to FCT Minister Nyesom Wike, urging immediate action to address their pressing need for grazing land. With their traditional livelihood intricately tied to cattle rearing, the community grapples with the encroachment of urban development on available grazing areas.

In an exclusive interview with The National Hardo, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Madaki, a prominent Fulani leader, emphasized the urgency of finding a sustainable solution. "Our herds require suitable land for grazing," he stated, "and we implore the authorities to allocate designated areas within Abuja where our cattle can thrive without disrupting city life."

The one-day National Conference on Herders-Farmers Dialogue, organized by the Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria, provided a platform for Alhaji Ibrahim Madaki to voice the community's concerns. He pledged to prioritize stakeholder engagement, aiming to foster sustainable peace among Fulani groups.

"I extend my gratitude to the various Fulani leaderships for entrusting me with the role of 'Hardo,'" Alhaji Ibrahim Madaki added. "I call for understanding and a harmonious working relationship as we navigate these challenges."

In a firm appeal, he urged pastoralists not to take the law into their own hands and to consistently respect law enforcement authorities. The delicate balance between urban development and preserving traditional livelihoods remains a critical issue, and the Fulani community seeks a collaborative resolution to ensure their herds' well-being and the harmony of Abuja's urban fabric.

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