The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, says the so called Fulani herdsmen moving with guns, causing violence, fighting with farmers are not Nigerians, but foreign terrorists. Abubakar said this in his Eid el-Kabir message to the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria.
According to him, these are foreigners coming into Nigeria to cause a breach of the peace. “They are therefore terrorists and should be treated as such by the Nigerian security agencies. The Nigerian herdsmen are very peace-loving and law abiding,” he said. The Sultan, who noted with concern that some ‘‘bad eggs” had infiltrated the Fulani herdsmen, challenged the security agencies to be proactive. Mr. Abubakar, however, acknowledged that there were problems between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers, which should only be resolved through dialogue. Mr. Abubakar said Nigeria would continue to lag behind if there is no peace and unity. “Our diversity should be our strength and God has not made a mistake by creating us with diverse differences,” he said.