Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, has called on security agencies in Nigeria to arrest herdsmen who are in possession of AK 47 rifles.
The monarch made this statement while speaking yesterday at a conference aimed at boosting inter-religious understanding among Muslims and Christians. He described herdsmen as criminals who should be treated as such. According to him;
“The Fulani herdsmen we all know since we were children, are not the same as the ones we see carrying AK47 and killing people because we see people go around killing innocent villagers in their houses and we don’t see cattle. The Fulanis we see in our villages, markets and other places, we only see them with sticks and cattle, we don’t see them with Ak 47.
“Any Fulani man that you see carrying AK47, killing people instead of carrying sticks and cattle, treat him as a terrorist and not as a herdsman. The government must wake up to its responsibility and turn this tide of incessant killings of people in their villages.”