By TOM GARBA,Yola
A former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters, Barrister Ahmed Ali Gulak, has said that the Fulani militants are more dangerous than Boko Haram terrorists.
According to him “the Fulani herdsman is a peace loving person who go about doing his normal cow rearing and the highest weapon with him is den gun. But the current killings of innocent Nigerians in some parts of the North down the south east of the federation shows that there are Fulani militants who are Boko Haram in disguise.”
Gulak urged the federal government to take the issue of security seriously as the recent killings in Benue, Enugu, Adamawa, Plateau and Kaduna states are more than just Fulani attackers rather is a Boko Haram insurgency by extension.
He also condemned the security situation in Michika Town in Adamawa State where before the onslaught of Boko Haram insurgents, the weekly market day used to be one day for all has been divided to two days due to distrust and suspicion among returnees of the town
He said the development has degenerated into having two days currently for the weekly market, one day for the Muslim folks and another day for Christians, adding that that can only happened under a government that lacks seriousness.
Gulak, who spoke to Journalists in Yola, said that “the reason we have such a growing threats was because the state government was insensitive to the peoples plight,” adding that if the government is serious, it would have nipped the situation at it early stage.
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“The market does not belong to any tribe or religious affiliations but it belongs to people who come to buy and sell. So, as a serious government, it should not allow that to happen.
“That thing that happened in Michika is because the government of the day is not a serious government. If I am a Governor, why will l allow that to happen. Whoever is involved will be dealt with, l will decide the day of the market,” Gulak said.
He said that government does not mean road construction or sitting in Government House or disturbing the masses with siren, adding that governance is a very serious business in protection of lives and property, ensuring peace and unity.
“If the government has been serious at early as possible, it will have nipped the problem by given a strong order, because nobody is above the law. We should not play politics with such a thing like security,”Gulak said.
However, one of the growing threats due to the effects of the Boko Haram insurgency in the state is that of distrust and suspicion among the returnees in some liberated communities, especially, Michika. Currently, some of the returnees are seen by their neighbors as members of Boko Haram.
“This a time bomb that might explode at any moment if something is not done to address the issue, whether Christian or Muslim, we are one Nigerians,” He said.