The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on Tuesday, reacted to the statement of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai admitting to the crimes committed by Fulani herdsmen across the country.
El-Rufai during an interview with BBC Hausa said Fulani herdsmen who carry out banditry kill mercilessly because they do not believe in religion.
The Kaduna State Governor while reacting to an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gumi’s move to persuade the criminals to drop arms, said “We cannot negotiate [with bandits]. Eliminating them is the only solution to banditry.”
“I never believed that a Fulani herdsman who ventured into banditry and is collecting millions of Naira as ransom will repent. I spoke to Dr Gumi, who is my friend; I explained that the majority of these bandits don’t believe in the religion. That is why they kill mercilessly.”
“Anybody who thinks a Fulani herdsman that was used to only getting N100,000 in a year, after selling a cow, but now is getting millions through kidnapping for ransom will stop is only wasting his time.”
And his reaction, Nnamdi Kanu tweeted, “@elrufai a Fulani admitting that those perpetrating kidnapping in Nigeria are Fulani. But when we use exact same term to describe Fulani terrorists, we are accused of ethnic profiling.”
“Mind you this same El-Rufai admitted paying killer herdsmen to stop attacks on Kaduna residents.”
He further stated that the entitlement mentality of the North caused the 1966 civil war and warned that Nigeria is most likely to enter another one.
“NIGERIA was doomed from the start when control of the nation was ceded to those with a medieval mindset.”
“It created an entitlement mentality that triggered a Civil War & is now threatening another. Trust me, the War shall come, sooner than later, unless Nigeria is divided NOW!” He added.
In a related development, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has made his view on the actions of Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho as regards Fulani herdsmen known.
Soyinka in his submission noted that Igboho responded to a situation that pushed him to explosion point in the way he knew how adding that whatever excesses or errors noticed in his actions is for others to help or correct him.