Some observers have told KWARARAFA REPORTERS that is worrisome how Fulani appointees in Governor Darius Ishaku’s cabinet have maintained sealed lips in the ranging debate on the very popular anti open grazing bill. While some said the silence is deliberate, others opined that it may be borne out of fear of what their kinsmen could do to them should they openly support the bill.
A source said many of the fulani appointees are also cow owners and members of Miyetti Allah, a situation which automatically pits them against the very government they work for. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Alhaji Bawa, for instance may be in such a fix. His brother is also the Sarkin Filani of Sarduana.
However, Permanent Secretary of the Bureau for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Mallam Bello Yero, seemed not to be hampered by such considerations. He, last week, threw his entire weight behind the bill. He urged his kinsmen to cooperate with government on the matter. Yero said ranching is not a strange phenomenon in Fulani land, noting that as children they saw ranches called “Walde”. KR learnt that Yero drew flack from his kinsmen for the open support, even as the opposing side warmed up to his stance.
Apart from Yero, no strong Hausa fulani appointee has yet spoken in open support of the bill.
A source close to one of such high ranking officials told KWARARAFA REPORTERS that his boss is still preparing his statement to be release soon.
Increasingly, the bill is becoming the litmus test for those loyal to Governor Ishaku. KR noted that appointees are trying to out do each other in voicing their support for it. No one wants to be left out. Sources said Fulani appointees may be soon officially required to state their stance on the bill. The source says he believes some of them may contemplate resignation rather than an open support for the bill.
A majority of Taraba state citizens are however in support of the bill for its promise to curb herdsmen attack on farmers.