The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has added his voice to the condemnation of the menace of Fulani herdsmen in recent times by calling on the Federal Government to prosecute those found culpable of criminal activities.
The monarch, while speaking in Kaduna on Monday at the opening ceremony of the 2-Day Annual Pan-Northern Groups Summit on Security, Socio-economic and political development, stated that the killer herdsmen must be treated as criminals and ethnic colourations should not be embraced.
“There are very terrible herdsmen who kill. But they are acting on their own, they are criminals and they must be treated as criminals. Therefore the Federal Government should prosecute them,” he said.
He stressed that the activities of the herdsmen are not reflections of the Fulani community as a whole.
“It is disheartening to hear when people say Fulani herdsmen want to Islamize Nigeria and that is why they are killing. Any Fulani herdsman who kills is not acting the script of Fulani community in Nigeria, neither is he working for the Muslim community.”
While commenting on the state of Northern Nigeria, the Sultan lamented the undue tribalisation that has engulfed the region.
“There is more ethnic awareness now than ever before. The question is why the sudden consciousness in ethnicity and religion? I will not attempt to provide answer to this question, but, we must therefore strive to re-unite the North, only then, we can have a common front and build a united and cohesive North,” he said.
He called for a more united northern Nigeria and urged governors in the region to place more emphasis on infrastructural development which will readily make life better for the people.