A New Sambisa forest? Gov El-Rufai shocks the nation with this revelation.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has raised an alarm on what he calls, a growing replacement for the Sambisa Forest, hidden in the North West zone.
El-Rufai, who spoke during the ongoing 21st Nigeria Economic Summit in Abuja.

According to him, “Unless we have a secured zone, we are not going to make any progress. In my state for instance, we have a lot of cattle rustling in two local governments, and we had this incessant killing carried out by suspected Fulani men and we had to get to the button of the problem.

So the first thing we did as a government was to work on a common regional security strategy because most of the cattle rustlers reside in Kamuku forest which we concluded will be the next Sambisa unless we take these guys out of there.

“So we came together, we funded the operation, federal government said it was not ready to fund it, we contributed money, each of the seven states and we funded a military operation which has been going on and which has substantially degraded the activities of rustlers.”

He added that the development has led to recovering of more than 12,000 cattle and sheep, adding that discussions are also ongoing on how to revive livestock farming in the region.

The governor also disclosed that high level discussions are on across ECOWAS in particular with regards to killings in Southern Kaduna, which has been traced to the post election violence of 2011 in which Fulani cattle rearers were caught in the fracas.

He said, “In southern Kaduna, we looked at what was going on, so we traced the history of the killings to post election violence of 2011 in which Fulani cattle rearers were moving down to Mali and Niger and they got caught in the fracas.

“So most of the killings happening in Kaduna State are actually transnational, there are families that sent their soldiers to come and revenge the killings from Mali, Senegal and Niger. We had to setup a committee to find this out so we have started discussions across ECOWAS and since we started these discussions, the levels of attack has gone substantially down.

On education, el-Rufai said, , “6,000 children in primary schools sit on the floor,so we realize that we have to do something in the education system, we have committed to providing nine years of free basic education .

“ We also found that 60 percent of our teachers were not qualified to teach, so we had to launch a programme not only top equip and rehabilitate the schools but to start a teacher training programme because we understand that we had to employ more than 2,000 English, mathematics and science teachers.


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