‘Fulani herdsmen aren’t criminals’

Leader of Fulani community in Zuru Emirate of Kebbi state, Ardo Muhammad Kiruwa, has debunked insinuations that Fulani herdsmen were involved in the incessant cattle rustling and armed robbery in some parts of northern states.

Kiruwa, who declared this a chat with newsmen in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital, said most of the herdsmen were illiterate of western type education and, therefore, could not defend themselves on the accusations, a situation paving way to the insinuations..
Kiruwa, who is contesting for the post of National President of Miyetti-Allah, cited an illegal use of constitutionally reserved cattle rearing routes by farmers as major cause of Fulani/farmers’ dispute.

He called on government, at all levels, to review and re-map the demarcated cattle routes in the country.
He said: “Fulani are Nigerians and productive enough towards building the nation’s economy; they provide meat and milk and other lucrative drives from their cows such as skin,and, therefore, they should not be disregarded.”

He insisted that the huge numbers of Fulani were well versed in both religious and western education, stressing that the situation earned many of them higher positions in the country.

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