Sultan of Sokoto warns Fulani herdsmen

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The Sultan of Sokoto Abubakar Sa’ad III has reacted to the multiplied killings unleashed by Fulani herdsmen on host communities.

He warned Fulani herders to desist from attacking host communities adding that not every herdsman is Fulani, just as not all Fulanis herd cattle.

This warning is coming just hours after Fulani herdsmen sacked various villages in Benue State.

Herdsmen attacked Logo local government area over running villages including Ukemberegya, Bwarer, Mbawar, Gov and Gambe Tiev communities.

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In what seem like the fasted reaction to Fulani menace, the Minister of Interior, Abdurrahman Dambazau, promised that the perpetrators would be dealt with decisively.

His statement is the second official reaction by the federal government to herders’ attacks.

The presidency also established a committee that will sensitize herders on the need for peaceful coexistence.

Reacting to the sensitizing committee formed by the federal Government, the Sultan of Sokoto said, “We will never relent in sensitizing our people.

“We appreciate the fact that a committee of this nature is being formed.

“We hope it develops measures to ensure that both Fulanis and Farmers are sensitized on certain issues.

“These incessant clashes doesn’t only affect just the herders and farmers but the entire country.

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“The issue is gradually taking another dimension.

“Hence it is looking as if Fulanis don’t want to live in peace with people while the opposite is the case.

“Fulanis have never been known for violence rather peaceful coexistence with host communities.

“But one basic thing Nigerians should note is that there are herders who are not Fulanis just as there are Fulanis who are not herders.”

The Sultan of Sokoto doubles as the grand patron of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN.