The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said that the so called Fulani herdsmen moving around with guns, causing violence, fighting with farmers are not Nigerians, but foreign terrorists.
The Sultan said this in his Eid el-Kabir message to the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria.
According to him, these groups of ‘herdsmen’ 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.
Abubakar III, who noted with concern that some “bad eggs” had infiltrated the Fulani herdsmen, challenged the security agencies to be proactive.
The President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), however, acknowledged that there were problems between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers, which should only be resolved through dialogue.
He also stressed the need for all Nigerians to live peacefully with each other, irrespective of any religious or ethnic differences.
The Sultan warned that 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.
On the economic hardship in the country, the foremost monarch appealed to Nigerians to go back to the farms.
He also urged Nigerians to learn to be more productive, rather than solely waiting for the government to provide all their needs.
Mr. Abubakar also commended the three tiers of government for their ongoing efforts to provide succor to Nigerians.
He promised to continue to offer prayers, and provide counsel to the Federal and state governments.
Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, his deputy, Ahmed Aliyu, and Africa’s business mogul, Aliko Dangote, were some of the prominent dignitaries that attended the event.