Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting
THE Fulani in Nigeria are engaged in kidnapping, banditry and other heinous criminal activities to avenge perceived injustices meted out on them by the Nigerian system.
This is the take of a former Governor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda, over the weekend during an interaction with journalists in his Bauchi residence ahead of Saturday governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
Stonix News reports that the Fulani, with their brother as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, have been accused of being responsible for killings in farms, kidnappings and banditry across the length and breadth of the country in the last eight years.
Interacting with journalists, the former governor opined: “As a Fulani man, we went to Zamfara up to the kidnappers den in the bush seeking to know why they are in to banditry, kidnappings and other criminal activities, and we understood that they took up arms to revenge.
“Because their parents were killed, maimed and raped, and their cattles were rustled, even their grazing reserves were seized.
“In Bauchi here, grazing reserves were allocated to a business man, cattle routes were taken over; how do you want them to survive in the interest of justice.”
He also said that in Nigeria, Fulani are the largest population, saying: “we have over 50 million Fulani in Nigeria, no president will joke with this number of people.
“Something urgent needs to be done to assuage them in order to have peace.”
Isa Yuguda, however, expressed confidence that the election of the President-elect, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will strengthen the unity of Nigeria as one country as he will effectively tackle the issue of banditry, kidnappings and farmers- herders clashes in Nigeria.
The former Governor also said that before the Presidential election, Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, had organized a conference for Fulani in which university dons across the country presented meaningful papers on how to resolve the issues.
He said that at the end of the conference, “we developed a blueprint which will be presented to Bola Tinubu after he takes the oath of office which he pledged to implement in order to address the problems affecting Fulani in Nigeria.”
He said that livestock of Fulani is the only meat that was not imported in to the country, which helped to boost the socio-economic of the country.
Isa Yuguda then advised people with different opinions over the election of Bola Tinubu to sheathe their swords and accept him as a true leader chosen by the Almighty to rule the country because he won with the majority of votes cast.