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.”