Former president John Dramani Mahama has called for an end to stereotype against Fulani ethnic group in Ghana.
Fulanis he said have lived in Ghana long before independence and has contributed to the economic progress of the country in many sectors therefore must not be discriminated against.
He said it was unfortunate for anyone to think all Fulanis are herdsmen when many of them are serving the nation in different professions.
“The Fulani people have been a part of this dear nation of ours before and after independence and they contribute to the economic progress of Ghana in many sectors. People of Fulani extraction contribute in many capacities in areas of civil service, in academia, in business, the judiciary, commerce and industry, unfortunately as a results of psychological stereotype, there’s an unfortunate perception that all Fulanis are headsmen”
He lamented how Fulanis in general have been tagged as “criminals” indicating that crime has no specific ethnic group.
John Mahama also noted that, it was regrettable to blame every armed robbery case in Ghana on Fulanis and called on Ghanaians to work together to end such stereotype.
“Unfortunately this stereotype is not restricted to only being herds people but it is also regrettable that this perception has gain grounds that ascribe incidence of robbery to persons of Fulani ethnicity. In the incidence of armed robbery, we find people people of different ethnicities involved and yet there’s this unfortunate tagging of Fulanis to this menace. This stereotyping must stop, criminals are criminals and ethnicities and stereotyping of crimes must stop” He said.
Speaking at the 9th Tabittal Pulaaku International annual Dua conference at Buipe in the Savannah region, John Mahama indicated that Fulanis deserve better treatment than they get currently and the next NDC government will ensure that.
Mr. Mahama said, the NDC when return to power will enhance and provide education for Fulani communities in Ghana.
He noted that, their citizenship as Ghanaians is not arguable and therefore must enjoy all benefits enjoyed by “Ghanaians “.
The NDC flag bearer also said specific grazing zones with water bodies will be provided for cattle grazing to end farmer-header conflicts in the country.
” Fulanis are Ghanaians and the citizenship of Fulanis is not arguable. The next NDC government will provide specific grazing zones with water bodies where cattle can graze so that, the confusion between herders and farmers will stop. We will also provide education to people of Fulani extraction and we will upgrade the various cattle markets to boost business “
The Tabittal Pulaaku annual dua conference is a conference which brings together Fulanis around the globe to pray and counsel each other on good behavior in their various countries.
This year’s annual dual was on the theme “Peaceful prayer towards election 2020 and beyond”.
By: Jonas Biawurbi