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UPU questions brain behind Fulani radio station

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The Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) worldwide has called to question brain behind the proposed Fulani radio station by the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports the National Commission for Nomadic Education was recently granted license for the establishment of a radio station to operate on the AM band.

The radio station is expected to be devoted to broadcast in Fulani language to reach Fulani itinerant fishermen, herders, hunters and farmers.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) explained that the station’s programmes would be “purely educational”.

However, the development has continued to attract criticisms from different quarters.

In a statement personally signed by Olorogun Moses Taiga, President General of the UPU, the Union urged the Federal Government to jettison plans to set up the Fulani radio station.

He said the Urhobo nation is appalled by the setting up of a Fulani Radio.

“Whatever argument the government might put forward, this radio station is ill timed and insensitive to the feelings of the Urhobo people and other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, whose portions of land towns and villages the Fulani herdsmen have forcefully taken over.

“The UPU appreciates the need to promote speaking of indigenous languages, but any government effort should either be holistic or each ethnic nationality should be left to preserve its culture and language.

“The selective promotion of the Fulani language has heightened tension among ethnic nationalities in the country and the project should be jettisoned at once,” he said.

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Taiga also lamented “worsening insecurity in Nigeria, including Urhobo land, while reiterating the UPU’s earlier call for fiscal federalism.

“The condition in Urhobo land is worsened by the activities of herdsmen by the massive destruction of our farms, which is the mainstay of our people.

“Urhobo towns and villages, such as Abraka, Eku, Uwheru, Ethiope West, Ethiope East, Ughelli North, Ughelli South and many more communities continue to be under siege by Fulani herdsmen.

“We reiterate our earlier submission that these herdsmen should be brought to book.”

“While we believe in one Nigeria, the Nigerian federal system, as currently constituted, is not functional.

“The Urhobo Nation demands true federalism where the component units will be in control of their resources and pay taxes to the federal government.

Taiga assured the Urhobo people that the UPU was working hard to ensure there is peace and security in Urhobo land.

“We are peace-loving people and the UPU will continue to work towards ensuring that peace reigns in Urhoboland,” he said.

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