The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has ordered herdsmen, under the aegis of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, to expose criminals amongst them.
The monarch said this while regretting that Fulani herdsmen were being generally painted as criminals, which he maintained they were not.
He advised Nigerians to avoid ethnic profiling, maintaining that not all herdsmen were criminals.
He said “Nigerians should avoid ethnic profiling whenever a crime was committed, criminals have no tribal marks.
“MACBAN should liaise with the governors of Niger, Kogi, Nasarawa and Kano states who have indicated interest to allocate grazing reserves, with a view to developing them.”
The ex governor stated this in a statement on Sunday in Minna, during a national executive council meeting of MACBAN.
The meeting was also attended by the Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo Musdafa, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, Dr. Aliyu Tilde and other stakeholders.
In his remarks, the Zonal Chairman of the National Executive Committee, MACBAN, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, noted that, “conflict between herdsmen and farmers has a long history; the solution has been to engage all stakeholders to find an amicable solution to the conflict.”
He hailed the approaches of governors Willie Obiano and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Anambra and Enugu states respectively, towards ending the farmers/herdsmen crisis.
“We commend Obiano and Ugwuanyi who have been able to effectively stem the recurring clashes between farmers and herders at a time their other peers and the Federal Government are at a loss on how to handle the clashes,” he said.
By Fikayo Olowolagba