Civil Rights activist and former Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district within the eighth Nationwide Meeting, Shehu Sani has referred to as on the Fulani ethnic group to confront dangerous components amongst them to protect the respect and honour they normally have.
He gave the cost when the Coalition of Fulani Youth Affiliation of Nigeria (CFYAN) paid a courtesy name to him in Abuja.
Sani confused that the Fulani have been on the centre of disaster pervading the materials of the nation, lamenting that the ethnic nationalities have been labelled as criminals on account of actions of few of them.
Sani’s cost was in response to the sooner grievances expressed by the Fulani Youth Coalition chief, Comrade Dauda Nyeman and different group officers who took flip to talk, saying, Fulani are probably the most persecuted ethnic tribe right this moment in Nigeria.
The chief mentioned the Coalition members from your entire nation converged in Abuja and visited the ex-lawmaker having been counselling them for a very long time, noting that the Fulani had been of their most attempting interval presently.
They frowned on the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom’s declare that assault on him few weeks in the past was carried out by Fulani herdsmen.
The group claimed that Safety investigation into the case revealed in any other case, therefore, they had been shocked that the governor was but to apologise to the Fulani uptil now.
“We deem it acceptable that it’s time to speak and we discovered it essential to pay homage to Senator Shehu Sani in Abuja, an activist who we at all times seek the advice of about our issues and issues like that.
“There are quite a lot of points we mentioned and deliberated, half and parcel of points, we mentioned was that even some authorities officers would get up one morning and declare that Fulani had been behind sure crime with out verifying who had been really behind it.
“Just lately, governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State mentioned, he has been attacked whereas on his farm and after the investigation by the Police and Safety brokers, it was found to not be Fulani herdsmen that attacked him.
“Uptill now, he has not come out to apologise to Fulani folks, so out of our greatest attainable, we mentioned the difficulty and got here out with decision that we wish your entire world, the nation and safety brokers to look into as a result of we will not tolerate the nonsense.
“Everywhere in the nation, Fulani are probably the most peaceable; most reliable folks.
“In actual fact they’re those that need to keep in peace with another tribe.
“However it is extremely unlucky that Fulani folks have been pushed to the wall in a such a approach that they haven’t any different than to react as a result of when the restrict has been exceeded, its going to succeed in a breaking level.
“It stays very small, very for Fulani folks to succeed in a breaking level and when it reaches, it’s solely God that is aware of what’s going to occur,” they mentioned
Talking additional, Sani insisted that the Fulani youths should decide up the problem of tackling criminals in their very own ethnic group.
He raised the alarm that some folks have hijacked the disaster to pursue disintegration of the nation alongside ethnic strains, whereas he referred to as on authorities to not fold its arms.
“I’ve fastidiously listened to your displays, grievances, your anger and your calls for so far as younger leaders of tomorrow from the Fulani ethnic nationality are concern.
“I believe presently within the historical past of our nation, everybody deserves a listening ear as regards to how we will discover a resolution to the disaster, the battle and the violence that engulfs our nation right this moment.
“Fulani folks have a really lengthy and proud historical past. I imagine your historical past predates the historical past of Nigeria.
“When Fulani are talked about, we’re speaking a couple of static ethnic nationality that may be situated in most West African international locations and even Central Africa.
“Those that are traditionally acquainted with the Fulani ethnic group have recognized you for what you might be and what you symbolize.
“At the moment that is Nigeria of the twenty first century and we face a disaster that’s threatening our peace, and unity as a company entity and as a nation and I have to be very frank to say that your ethnic nationality are on the centre of this disaster.
“It’s a incontrovertible fact that disaster we face right this moment has to do with violence whether or not it’s farmer/herdsmen battle in North Central or the allegation of herdsmen killing folks in South West and South Jap a part of Nigeria or the banditry that we’re experiencing within the North Western a part of Nigeria, there may be an incontrovertible presence of Fulani in such conflicts.
“As younger Fulani, you may be dealing with two sorts of battles which it’s a must to struggle them. You must struggle them for the survival of your folks, for the survival of your tradition, your custom and household so far as the fact of the twenty first century is concern.
“There isn’t a doubt about it, that the violence being perpetrated within the North Western a part of Nigeria by bandits are mainly by Fulani ethnic group, however that’s one.
“Once we speak of herdsmen, there may be hausa herdsmen, there is no such thing as a Igbo herdsmen and there’s no Yoruba herdsmen, however the custom of rearing cattle, the occupation is that of you. That’s the reason they name you herdsmen.
“There are issues which can be wrongly ascribed to your individual ethnic group and there are issues which can be squarely and rightly ascribed to your individual ethnic group which I’m additionally a part of it.
“Initially, what is occurring in North Western a part of Nigeria, bandits kidnapping folks, extorting ransom, displacing hundreds of individuals from their villages, raping ladies, making life hellish for persons are achieved by bandits which can be mainly Fulani.
“What is occurring in Western a part of Nigeria, what’s alledged to have been achieved are achieved by herdsmen.
“Herdsmen are Fulani. However the issue now we have is that this. How do you ascribe criminality of some to an entire ethnic group?
“As a result of Fulani as an ethnic group is incorrect for folks to see each Fulani as a legal, each Fulani as a killer herdsman or a bandit.
“So you might be combating two battles, combating your ethnic nationality who’re engaged in criminality and likewise struggle a society that’s profiling your ethnic group attempting to tag each Fulani man as a legal due to actions of an insignificant few.
“If you happen to put the inhabitants of Fulani in Nigeria, you speaking of tens of thousands and thousands and people committing this crime are lower than 30 or 40 thousand.
“So how can a legal minority change into the id of proud and peaceable majority?
“No one goes to struggle this battle, however your self. It will be important for the world to know they’re Fulani medical doctors; they Fulani legal professionals, they’re Fulani Professors and that Fulani aren’t merely herdsmen and bandits.
“You’re the one to inform your story and communicate out and stand for your self. I’m very sorry to say this, a few of your leaders have so consumed in politics to an extent that they discover it tough to state the fact as it’s.
“However don’t be coward to face for the legislation abiding, peaceable and legit Fulani who’re carrying about their lawful duties as Nigerians.
“It’s not simply peculiar to Nigeria, however in Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger, the battle between herdsmen and farmers is turning into continental.
“The problems you may have raised listed here are real. No Fulani man needs to be profiled as a result of he’s a Fulani man. No Fulani man needs to be criminalised except he dedicated the crime. No Fulani man needs to be denied to reside in any a part of Nigeria so long as he is able to reside peacefully with anyone,” he acknowledged.
The Senator condemned these issuing eviction notices to the Fulani, saying they’ve the constitutional proper to reside in any a part of the nation like different Nigerians.
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