Ben Ezechime, Enugu
The Hausa community in Enugu State has thrown its weight behind the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate for Enugu State, Dr Peter Mbah, in the March 11, election.
Alhaji Shettima Mohammed, leader of the community said this in Enugu.
Mohammed also suggested some steps which Mbah could take to end herders/farmers clashes in parts of Enugu State if elected in March election.
According to the Hausa leader if Mbah followed the steps as suggested, the clashes between herders/farmers in the state would end.
Mohammed said they were supporting Mbah because he was a credible candidate and a good leader who had set example in the oil sector.
He said: “We have heard a lot about him; he is a people-oriented person, supportive and conscious of the well-being of the people.
“We the northern community want him to acknowledge our 100 per cent support as it’s like a culture among the Hausa communities.”
He said Mbah was a great product that is easily sell-able.
“When you want to sell a product, investigate to know the kind of product, Mbah is a sell-able product.”
“We the minority in the South-East have leaders, If Mbah is delivered, our wish and demand for him is to recognise our leaders.
“Bring our people into his government and assist our children in their education by giving them scholarships and other life supporting needs,” he appealed.
On the herders/farmers clashes in Enugu State, Mohammed noted that insecurity in Nigeria was caused by economic instability.
“So we want Mbah to revitalise the economy of the state to have many people engaged.
“Herders are human beings, not spirit and I believe, Mbah can go to their various settlements and meet with their leaders.
“Call them to a meeting to find out what their problem is,” he advised.
Mohammed also emphasised the need to make leaders of Hausa community to be in charge of reconciliatory committees as they were the ones that knew where herders were, to identify with them.
He further explained that such step would enable government to have information about herders’ activities and problems through leaders of Hausa community.
“This will enable government to take necessary actions to salvage the situation if the dispute arises; with this, I think we will all live in peace.” he said.