No herds­man would kid­nap Falae- Fu­lani group

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

A Fu­lani leader in the South­West yesterday said no Fu­lani man would kid­nap for­mer Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion, Chief Olu Falae. The state­ment fol­lowed al­le­ga­tion that Fu­lani herds­men were re­spon­si­ble for his ab­duc­tion.

Pres­i­dent of Jamu Nati Fulbe As­so­ci­a­tion, a Fu­lani so­cio-cul­tural group in the South-west, Al­haji Sal­ihu Kadir, said no Fu­lani herder pre­oc­cu­pied with feed­ing and nour­ish­ing his herds of cows and sheep would think of kid­nap­ping any­one, not to talk of an el­der states­man like Falae.

He also flayed sug­ges­tion in some quar­ters for a ban on graz­ing in the south­west, say­ing such call would amount to deny­ing herds­men their means of sur­vival. This, he stressed, would equally hurt the econ­omy of that part of the coun­try.

In an in­ter­view with Daily Trust, the Fu­lani leader re­it­er­ated call for the es­tab­lish­ment of graz­ing re­serves for herders to pre­vent the re­cur­ring clash be­tween farm­ers and herds­men.

It would be re­called that Falae was last week Tues­day ab­ducted in his farm in Akure, Ondo State and spent three days in the kid­nap­pers’ den be­fore re­gain­ing free­dom.

There have been in­sin­u­a­tions that Fu­lani herds­men were re­spon­si­ble for the ab­duc­tion with some in­di­genes of the south-west call­ing for can­cel­la­tion of graz­ing in the re­gion.

How­ever, the Serikin Fu­lani de­plored what he called the un­end­ing black­mail of the Fu­lani herds­men, not­ing that ev­ery crime com­mit­ted is linked with herds­men.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.