Mr Reno Omokri, a former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has said that there is nothing bad in having herdsmen on the New Nigerian passport which was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 2019.
The discovery of Fulani herdsmen on the new passport has sparked social media report reactions when the Senior Pastor of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Suleiman, reportedly berated the Nigerian authority over the new development on his Twitter page, describing it as, ” shameful” according to gistmania.com
He allegedly deleted the tweet which some people believed could further cause ethnic and religion tensions.
Former Aviation Minister Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode who also condemned it said, “Fulani herdsmen are symbols of bloodshed, terror, mass murder, ethnic cleansing, genocide, carnage, torment, trauma and evil. They represent nothing but cruelty, suffering, land-grabbing,church-burning, raping and pillaging and are instruments of occupation, domination and conquest.”
But Reno, one of the critics of the APC-led government, disagrees with both men in a tweet.
He said Fulani herdsmen are also Nigerians who should be represented. He is one of the critics of the proposed RUGA settlement which was later suspended by the All Progressive Congress-led government.
He said, “I have now received other pages of the new passport. It has images of ethnic nationalities from all 6 geopolitical zones. The issue of herdsmen on the passport may be distasteful to some due to the killings by killer herdsmen, but it is not wrong. It is necessary for peaceful coexistence”.
Another Twitter user @wejek also claimed that the new Passport has the Igbo has a page which represents their culture.
Meanwhile, some Nigerians are still reacting, condemning the symbol of Fulani herdsmen on it.
I have now received other pages of the new passport. It has images of ethnic nationalities from all 6 geopolitical zones. The issue of herdsmen on the passport may be distasteful to some due to the killings by killer herdsmen, but it is not wrong #HerdsmenOnNewNigerianPassport pic.twitter.com/FXcpItqZ02
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) July 11, 2019
“Their incessant killing is what I have issues with… Each time I see herdsmen, I see terrorists, I already have this hatred for their unrepentant nature… Now imagine me carrying a passport with terrorist inscription on it,” Gbenga Adeoti stated.
Another Twitter user was quick to point out the fact the Peoples’ Democratic Party-led government introduced the N200 note which has cattle on it.
Adeyemi Olumide while reacting to Fani-Kayode tweeted, “A man you served under him as minister introduce 200 naira note in year 2000 The note had cattle behind it Was Obasanjo pushing a fulani agenda 19years ago? he asked.
N200 note was introduced in the year 2000 during the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
In 2001, the same regime introduced N500 naira note which has Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe on the front while N1000 naira note was introduced in October 12, 2005.