Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’advert Abubakar, on Monday, in Enugu, mentioned the Fulani weren’t chargeable for herdsmen assaults in numerous components of the nation.
He famous that it was incorrect to attribute all herdsmen-associated assaults to the Fulani.
In line with him, different tribes within the nation additionally rear cows.
The Sultan stated, “If anyone commits any crime, he must be given his actual title, which is a felony, whether or not he’s Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo or Ibibio.
“It’s not solely the Fulani which might be herdsmen; there are herdsmen from different ethnic teams within the nation.”
He maintained that those that commit crimes within the guise of cattle rearing needs to be described as criminals and never as Fulani herdsmen.
The Sultan mentioned, “The Fulani have been dwelling in peace with the folks within the communities the place they rear their cattle, will they get up someday and begin attacking and killing these individuals? It isn’t doable. One thing have to be incorrect someplace.
“We (the Fulani) won’t ever help killing. I wish to inform you that the Fulani folks can not do this. Till we give these killers their actual title, which is legal, we is not going to overcome the safety challenges we have now.”
The Sultan added that Nigerians ought to come collectively to sort out all of the challenges confronting the nation.
“The second factor we have to do is to come back collectively as one. We must always kick out the evil ones amongst us and take care of them.”
He additionally dismissed the insinuations that there have been plans to Islamise the nation, particularly the South-East.
“Extra Muslims died within the Boko Haram insurgency than Christians. We’ve got been listening to that herdsmen are invading Igbo communities and attacking folks so as to Islamise them.
“You can’t Islamise folks by killing them, you Islamise anyone by exhibiting love. There is no such thing as a compulsion within the Islamic religion. Please, don’t take a look at any prison from the faith he practises. Political leaders ought to please cease utilizing faith to divide this nation,” he mentioned.
Faulting the claims that President Muhammadu Buhari was marginalising the Igbo, the Sultan mentioned that the President was misunderstood.
“I’ve spoken to him (Buhari) a number of instances and what individuals are accusing him of usually are not even what he is considering.
“In fact, if some persons are doing one thing behind his (Buhari’s) again, he should take the blame as a result of he’s the chief,” the Sultan mentioned.
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