Following the recent abduction of school boys and general state of insecurity in Niger state, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Shina Peller has paid a courtesy visit to the State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello during which he extended his sympathy to the governor over the happenings within the State.
Hon. Peller who represents Iwajowa/Kajola/ Itesiwaju and Iseyin Federal constituency of Oyo State also condemned what he called the profiling of “all members of the Fulani tribe as criminals”.
Speaking further, he said, “Governor Bello has earned numerous accolades and recognition for his ground-breaking accomplishments within the State. In fact, he was solely responsible for transforming Niger State from a primarily civil service state to the 4th largest destination of capital investment within Nigeria”.
“It will also be recalled that the governor recently acquired a drone in order to combat insecurity within the State. However, the Federal Government is yet to give it a stamp of approval. Taking all these into consideration, it is deeply saddening that despite Governor Bello’s positive developmental onslaught within the State, his accomplishments have been tarnished with the recent abductions and acts of banditry carried out by criminals”.
“However, we are positive that Governor Bello will remain undaunted and overcome these obstacles within the next few weeks as he has done in the past. With his reputation for being proactive and committed to service, the current state of unrest will soon be a thing of the past.
“As Nigerians, the recent abductions within Niger state calls for a moment of sober reflection on our attitude towards criminal attitudes and tribal generalizations. The print and online media has been agog with news of ‘Fulani herdsmen’, thereby painting an entire tribe with the same tainted brush.
“However, the internal attacks have shown us that it is inherently wrong to profile all members of the Fulani tribe as criminals. Criminals will be criminals regardless of their ethnicity, tribe, or race.