Saturday, 30 April 2016

Don’t insult Fulani as criminals, murderers, Northern govs fume




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In a move that may further cause bad blood in the nation, the 19 Northern states Governors, on Friday, rose to the defence of Fulanis, saying it is an insult to label them as criminals.
According to the Governors, it was condemnable to label perpetrators of crimes around the country as Fulani people.
The Governors stated this after meeting behind closed doors in Kaduna, adding that in as much as they condemn the recent attacks in Enugu and other parts of the country, labelling the criminals as Fulani people was equally wrong.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting at the Kaduna Government House Friday evening, Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima said, it is an insult to label criminals as Fulani.

Shettima said: “We want to unequivocally condemn the recent killings in Enugu and other parts of the country. But we equally condemn the politicisation or permit me, the ‘ethinicisation’ of the whole crisis. It goes beyond Fulani. If anything happens, they say Fulani herdsmen; to me it is an insult.
“Kidnapping in this country originated in the South-east, were they called Igbo kidnappers? We have a great national challenge and we want to call on all and sundry to come and let us solve our common challenges as a people. Because the blood of paternity that binds us together supersedes whatever differences that might divide us,” he stressed.
The NSGF Chairman, who also condemned the Agatu killings, called on the media to avoid sensationalism but rather harp on issues that bind Nigerians together.





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