The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Discussion board, NGF, Kayode Fayemi, on Monday, acknowledged that Fulanis have additionally been victims of kidnappings and banditry simply as different tribes of the nation are presently going through the identical menace.
Fayemi, who additionally doubles because the Governor of Ekiti State, acknowledged this throughout a gathering of some governors with the management of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Affiliation (MACBAN) over the order by the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to herders to vacate forest reserves within the state.
In keeping with Fayemi, the difficulty of insecurity needs to be tackled frontally as an alternative of profiling a specific ethnic group or tribe.
“There’s the query that members of MACBAN are victims of crimes too, the way in which we who will not be members are equally victims.
“Fulanis are kidnapped, robbed and assaulted. We have to take care of this reasonably than profile any ethnic group as being the one answerable for criminalities throughout the board.
“So, we’re in opposition to criminality of any type however, we additionally know that MACBAN is in opposition to criminality of any type too.
“For us within the Nigerian Governors’ Discussion board, what we’re after is the apprehension of criminals of any view, criminals which are Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani. We’re not after Fulani herdsmen. However there’s no person who doesn’t really feel a way of insecurity in our nation at the moment. This challenge of banditry, kidnapping, of normal insecurity is all pervasive. And we now have to be robust on crimes.”
On his half, the Nationwide President of MACBAN, Alhaji Muhammadu Kirowa, acknowledged that MACBAN is a peaceable affiliation that values peace and condemned criminalities in any kind.
Whereas emphasizing that MACBAN will proceed to work with safety companies and related stakeholders to fish out criminals masquerading as herdsmen, Kirowa additionally warned herders to desist from taking their cows to folks’s farms for grazing, including that the frequents farmers/herders conflict should be delivered to an finish.
The Governors who attended the assembly included; the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Discussion board (NGF), Kayode Fayemi; Ondo State Governor who doubles because the Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Discussion board, Akeredolu; Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Discussion board (PGF) and Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku; Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde and their Jigawa State counterpart, Alhaji Bagudu Abubakar.