Herdsmen Killing: Fulani leader pledges support to end crisis in Ekiti state

2017_12large_Herdsmen Herdsmen Killing: Fulani leader pledges support to end crisis in Ekiti state

The Ekiti State’s Serikin  Fulani,  Alhaji  Ahmad  Mahmud,  has said that he is ready to support any move or effort by the state government to  end crisis between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

He said his people were prepared  to cooperate  with traditional  rulers  in the state to fish out bad eggs in cattle rearing  business.

Speaking with our reporter in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Mahmud also lamented that his members faced similar threat from the marauders who usually killed and in most cases stole their cattle.

He said he had directed members of hereditary association under him, such as Jaminatul-Fulube to cooperate with relevant stakeholders in finding permanent solution to the menace.

Alhaji Mahmud condemned what he termed “hasty generalization of Fulanis  as terrorists and criminally minded  ethnic group in Nigeria,” saying such assumption is dangerous for the country.

The  Fulani leader who described Yoruba, particularly Ekiti, as their second home, said some of them had lived in the geo-political zone for well over 50 years.

He said: “This is our home, because many of us and even our fathers were born here. So, we have no reason to cause trouble for anybody because, where to live is not where to destroy.”

“It is very sad and most unfortunate that each time there was violent clash between herders and farmers, the media always look in the direction of Fulani as culprits. What the media fails to recognize is that there are other tribes that are involved in this business. Among the tribes are :Hausa, Fulani, Bororo, and Bakolo . Others  are Kaje and Tivs from  the northern part of the country

“We are therefore, calling on government as well as security agencies to conduct full investigation into the renewed hostilities between farmers and herders  in the state with a view to apprehending the culprits.”

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