In response to the recent announcement by Vice President Kashim Shettima about President Bola Tinubu’s approval of the “Pulaaku Initiative” and the allocation of N50 billion to address insurgency and banditry in Northern states, former lawmaker, politician, and human rights activist, Senator Shehu Sani, took to his official Twitter page to share his perspective on the initiative.
The “Pulaaku Initiative,” named after the Fulani word “Pulaaku,” which roughly translates to “to be shy,” aims to provide a non-kinetic solution to the prevalent issues of insurgency and banditry in states such as Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Benue, and Plateau.
Senator Sani emphasized the need for a community-driven, multi-stakeholder approach for the initiative to succeed. He urged the federal government, state governments, and local authorities to act as facilitators, providing the necessary framework, guidance, monitoring, and resources for effective implementation at the grassroots level.
Highlighting the critical importance of prudent financial management, Senator Sani underscored that the allocated N50 billion must be judiciously utilized by the affected communities. He recommended directing the funds toward specific projects that directly contribute to conflict resolution and peace-building efforts.
Expressing skepticism about entrusting state governors with the funds, Senator Sani warned against the belief that such leaders could single-handedly solve the complex issues at hand, cautioning that it might lead to a wasteful exercise.
The former lawmaker outlined the major priorities of the initiative, including support for community-based peace initiatives, economic empowerment for residents in conflict areas, and security awareness and peace education. He firmly stated that attempting to appease terrorists or paying them for peace would not yield positive results.
While acknowledging the commendable nature of the “Pulaaku Initiative,” Senator Sani emphasized that its success hinges on effective management and sustained efforts. The initiative, he concluded, must be appreciated as an unprecedented step but requires careful implementation to achieve its intended impact.