The ordeal of Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria is not unknown. They are nomadic herders.
Many communities have suffered unprecedented killings and hardship in the hands of men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen. Recent attacks in the North Central, South East, South South and South West are still glaring.
Nigerians are afraid the broadcast service will aid easier communication among herders, and escalate more trouble and killings between herders and farmers in various communities.
This is why Nigerians are kicking against issuing a license for radio broadcast to the herders or anything in semblance.
The news of radio license for herders spread throughout last week as Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu confirmed the acquisition.
The Minster of education said the radio service will operate on a frequency of 720KHz and would strictly broadcast in Fulani Language.
However, the National Broadcasting Commission NBC denies the recent media reports and interpretation by Nigerians. NBC explains the National Commission for Nomadic Education duly applied for a broadcast license.
The application is a furtherance of its objectives to develop and maintain nomadic education outreach programmes, including electronically mediated ones.
The duration of the License is from October to 8th, 2018 to October 8th, 2023.
“The station’s programmes which shall be purely educational are designed to cater for the interest of migrant fishermen, herders, hunters, farmers, and migrants.
Consequently, it is a misinterpretation for any person or organization to imply that the licensed station is just for a particular group.” NBC Said
Even with NBC’s explanations, Nigerians are yet to get a clear picture of the intentions of the license and broadcast service.