Fulani herdsmen moving with guns are ‘foreign terrorists’ — Sultan

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, says so-called Fulani herdsmen moving with guns, causing violence, fighting with farmers are not Nigerians, but foreign terrorists.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sultan Abubakar said this in his Eid el-Kabir message to the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria.

According to him, these are foreigners coming into Nigeria to cause a breach of the peace.

“They are therefore terrorists and should be treated as such by the Nigerian security agencies.

“The Nigerian herdsmen are very peace-loving and law abiding,” he said.

The Sultan, who noted with concern that some “bad eggs” had infiltrated the Fulani herdsmen, challenged the security agencies to be proactive.

Mr. Abubakar, however, acknowledged that there were problems between Fulani herdsmen and farmers, which should only be resolved through dialogue.

He stressed the need for all Nigerians to live peacefully with each other, irrespective of any religious or ethnic differences.

Mr. Abubakar said Nigeria would continue to lag behind if there is no peace and unity.

“Our diversity should be our strength and God has not made a mistake by creating us with diverse differences,” he said.

On the economic hardship in the country, the Sultan appealed to Nigerians to go back to the farms.

He also urged Nigerians to learn to be more productive, rather than solely waiting for the government to provide all their needs.

Mr. Abubakar also commended the three tiers of government for their ongoing efforts to provide succour to Nigerians.

He promised to continue to offer prayers, and provide counsel to the Federal and state governments.

NAN reports that the event was witnessed by second republic President Shehu Shagari, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, his deputy, Ahmed Aliyu, and Africa’s business mogul, Aliko Dangote, among other dignitaries. (NAN)

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  • Watch man

    How did you arrive at that conclusion Mr Sultan? Did you carry out investigation? Was the conclusion based on any report from security agencies? What about the murderous herdsman operating in Nimbo (who recorded the murdering of the innocent farmers in his smart phone) that claimed he was from Kogi? What do you say about that?

  • Gary

    We hear you Oga Sultan. Now help tell your brother in Abuja to explain how come “foreign terrorists” are freely roaming the country killing our people. Or the qualitative difference between foreign terrorists who roam freely and the domestic terrorists who draw the attention of Mr. Buhari’s army. So is Boko Haram foreign or domestic?

  • thusspokez

    According to him, these are foreigners coming into Nigeria to cause a breach of the peace.

    If they are foreigners, whose cattle are they taking care off; and who supplied them with the guns — which they cannot afford on their wages?

  • thusspokez

    On the economic hardship in the country, the Sultan appealed to Nigerians to go back to the farms.

    Yeah what a fantastic advice! Let every Nigerian, irrespective of their training or profession, go into farming and work the land with crude farming tools like hoe, cutlass, machete, shovel etc.

  • thusspokez

    He also urged Nigerians to learn to be more productive, rather than solely waiting for the government to provide all their needs.

    This is rich coming from the first-class scrounger himself. Beside the handouts that he receives from various governments, does he have any income?

  • yukkmouff

    Of course they are Mr Sultan. Fulanis were never Nigerians to begin with.

    • Man_Enough

      originally there was nothing like nigerians. the union of different nationalities was created by the colonial invaders. the fulanis from karnem bornu empire are part of that union.

  • Man_Enough

    They are not spirits. Let the law enforcers arrest some of
    them then we will know who they are.

  • Bimbola

    If Fulani herdsmen carrying guns are foreign terrorists, then the presidency has a very serious security question to answer.

    • John A

      Then our territory has been invaded by these foreign terrorist.
      I think buhari is the chief sponsor of these men or one of the conditions ofr the foreign terrorist to en-mass and vote for buhari in 2015

    • Man_Enough

      the niger delta avengers carry guns too.

      • Abah of Ipolo

        What are you up to? One issue at a time!

        • Man_Enough

          guns illegally carried by foreigners, fulanis, kidnappers, armed robbers, boko haram, opc or even ipbo are likewise dangerous.

    • vagabonds in power

      The comment by the So-called Sultan, is the greatest confession by any fake blue blooded Fulani Sultan in Nigeria–Were these Fulanis Sultans- and Emirs in the countries that they came from in the West African Sub Region———–? Whatever this sultan title means to the Fulanis—-is best known to them and lord lugard who brought them to Nigeria from the CAMEROON MOUNTAINS- —Travel to the south east–U will be shocked to find Fulanis who speak Ibo better than the Ibos themselves—————Those are the Fulanis doing all the killings in the East———–and a Sultan who is not insane is telling us these Fulanis are not Nigerians—Then what is the Minister of Internal Affairs doibng—Dambazua is Fulani—is he waiting for Jonathan to give him orders———-If Buhari can ask Ghanaians to leave Nigeria over 30 years ago–Shagari a Fulani deported Shugaba—–What stops Bingo Buhari from asking these gun trotting Fulanis from Mali–Chad–Niger Republic–and Sudan- from leaving the country-

  • Okokondem

    We often let our biases get in the way of constructive reasoning. Disregard the platitudes and the ill informed advice that Nigerians should go back to the farm as if that is a magic bullet to solve all of the country’s problems. Concentrate on the part of the Sultan’s speech that is actionable.

    In a development such as this where the Sultan has unequivocally declared the herdsmen as terrorist and in essence challenged the country’s security forces to view them as such, that is a positive development in my opinion.

    The reason the herdsmen have been rampaging with impunity is the security forces are reluctant or even afraid to intervene for fear of not knowing how such intervention might be received by the northern authorities such as the Sultan. But that’s not an issue any more now that the Sultan has declared the activists herdsmen as terrorists.

    The security forces or agents of the government can now go to any community where the herdsmen are perceived as nuisance and legitimately treat them as terrorists.

    That’s my takeaway from the Sultan’s speech.

  • Watch man

    Whether they are not from Nigeria or from Futa Jalon or wherever is not the point. The issue is that the murdering is taking place inside Nigeria by these animal herdsmen and not even one has been prosecuted. Besides, how did they enter Nigeria unnoticed with the large number of cattle they follow? I think this Mr Sultan is being economical with the truth.

  • Okokondem

    We often let our biases get in the way of constructive reasoning. Disregard the platitudes and the ill informed advice that Nigerians should go back to the farm as if that is a magic bullet to solve all of the country’s problems. Concentrate on the part of the Sultan’s speech that is actionable.

    In a development such as this where the Sultan has unequivocally declared the herdsmen as terrorist and in essence challenged the country’s security forces to view them as such, that is a positive development in my opinion.

    The reason the herdsmen have been rampaging with impunity is the security forces are reluctant or even afraid to intervene for fear of not knowing how such intervention might be received by the northern authorities such as the Sultan. But that’s not an issue any more now that the Sultan has declared the activists herdsmen as terrorists.

    The security forces or agents of the government can now go to any community where the herdsmen are perceived as nuisance and legitimately treat them as terrorists.

    That’s my takeaway from the Sultan’s speech.

    Remember, these herdsmen don’t wear a badge that says, I am a foreigner or a Nigerian. And what do we do to terrorists, we treat them as terrorists, period.

  • Man_Enough

    the important thing is that the sultan has denounced the activities of the headsmen. it is up to the security agents to move in for the kill.

  • Burning Spear

    The truth is finally coming out—————-every Fulani man or woman in Nigeria is a——————-foreigner—————————————I have often declared that most of the Fulanis in Nigeria are not from this country–They strayed into Nigeria from Sudan—Mali —-Niger Republic—-Chad–ati—Somalia————So the comment by the Sultan is a clear indication that—————-most of his Fulani tribesmen in Nigeria are foreigners————-Imagine for one second what will become of the children of these Fulani cowhands killing Ibos and people from the North Central in Nigeria——–The are educated at the expenses of the crude oil resources of the people of the Nigwer delta—Then end up becoming General with letter of recommendation like Buhari——————-Some as governors————others Senators————-right here in Nigeria–Whereas their fathers smuggled them into Nigeria from Mali—-and Sudan——————–to become Nigerians—————–at the expenses of the real Native Northerners———The question nwo is if these Fulnis are not Nigerian—then why should the Buhari government enact laws that will create grazing land for the Fulanis in Nigeria———————The only country that refused to allow the SOCALLED nomadic Fulani people——who often ed up as sultans and emirs in Nigeria settle in their country—-since 1914——-are the government and people of Ghana————-in the West African sub-region———–Freedom is our goal–not the rule of the Fulanis and——————-and their Yoruba errand boys—–animals

  • Babagordy

    This Sultan is deserving of his throne for being forthright, the Fulani herdsmen we use to know only go around with sticks; they don’t carry any assault rifle. They graze their cattle near our farm without letting them straying into our farm to destroy our crops. Those were the fulani I knew when I used to go to the farm with my dad more than thirty years back.

    • Okokondem

      Fine, so the sultan whether you like him or not, whether you are a Muslim or Christian, is saying these people who carry guns while driving their cattle don’t represent the Nigerian Fulanis herdmen and therefore should be viewed and treated as terrorists, that is a positive development isn’t it?

    • thusspokez

      …more than thirty years back?

      The world has changed since then. For example, boko haram didn’t exist then!

  • thusspokez

    “They are therefore terrorists and should be treated as such by the Nigerian security agencies..

    What evidence does the Sultan have to prove that they are foreigners and terrorist? If any, why hasn’t he turned any such evidence over to the security agencies rather than issuing a fatwa on their arrest and also inciting the security to go after them?

    The Sultan’s statement is irresponsible, defamatory of the poor herdsmen — who are victims used by powerful cattle owners in the north. The statement is also an incitement to violence against them.

    • John A

      Then you must be one of the herdsmen to think his comment is irresponsible

      • thusspokez

        It is called critical thinking– skills which most of you lack. You don’t think and like mumus, you accept whatever, (including the nonsense) your so-called leaders tell you.

        • John A

          What is the use of gun as a herdsmen?
          That is the first question you should asked yourself.
          Are you happy with killing spree of the herdsmen?

    • serubawon70

      If you allow too much hatred to shape your thinking you may actually throw away your sense of logical or rational thought process. Read your post again

  • Abah of Ipolo

    That some Fulani herdsmen are terrorists and should be treated as such by the Nigerian security agencies is the best SALLAH message. Buhari hardly condemns killings by these herdsmen but he must now MAKE THE CHANGE REAL: He should give thsee marauding herdsmen his so-called ‘Boko Haram treatment’. Charity, they say, begins at home.

  • Burning Spear

    The truth is finally coming out—————-every Fulani man or woman in Nigeria is a——————-foreigner———-period—————————–I have often declared that most of the Fulanis in Nigeria are not from this country–They strayed into Nigeria from Sudan—Mali —-Niger Republic—-Chad–ati—Somalia————So the comment by the Sultan is a clear indication that—————-most of his Fulani tribesmen in Nigeria are foreigners————-Imagine for one second what will become of the children of these Fulani cowhands killing Ibos and people from the North Central in Nigeria——–They are educated at the expenses of the crude oil resources of the people of the Niger delta—Then end up becoming Generals with letters of recommendation like Buhari——————-Some as governors————others Senators————-right here in Nigeria–Whereas their fathers smuggled them into Nigeria from Mali—-and Sudan——–as Almajiris————to become Nigerians—————–at the expenses of the real Native Northerners———The question now is if these Fulanis are not Nigerians as the Sulatan declared—then why should the Buhari government enact laws that will create grazing land for these set of gun-welding Fulanis in Nigeria–?——————-The only country that refused to allow the SOCALLED nomadic Fulani people——who often ed up as sultans and emirs in Nigeria settle in their country—-since 1914——-are the government and people of Ghana————-in the West African sub-region———–Freedom is our goal-in the Niger delta—with no strings attached to it–or any ethnic group——not the rule of the Fulanis and——————-and their Yoruba errand boys—–animals

  • Watch man

    One good cattle costs around N200,000. 100 of such cattle would be N20,000,000 (twenty million naira). Where will the ordinary herdsman stricken with poverty get such amount of money to do cattle business? My bent is telling me that these cattle belong to wealthy Hausa-Fulani Nigerians and emirs who use the poverty stricken herdsmen (under oath) to sell their cattle. Even the weapons they use were given them by their beneficiaries. That is why nothing has happened to them. Even PMB is a cattle rearer.

  • UYI111

    U a filthy lier the foolani’s caught in the act so far are from the North many have confess to that dont twist it blood sucking is your inheritance and you are their royal commander in chief stop fooling yourself moron !

  • Mare

    This is latest instruction from the sultan to the president: KILL ALL THE FOREIGN TERRORIST HERDSMEN CARRING GUNS

  • Okokondem

    The preeminent Muslim leader in Nigeria has in essence issued a fatwa against destructive, rampaging fulani herdsmen terrorizing local farmers in the middle belt and the South East, authorizing the security forces to action and some of us are going back to Lord Luggard. I am flabbergasted.

    The Fulani herdsmen problem, like any other involving and between the north and the South, was a tricky and delicate one. Now, the Sultan has in fact made it ok for law enforcement to go after any herdsman acting inappropriately.

    Go any traumatized and terrorized farming community in middle belt and SE, and else where, that’s a good news. Why isn’t that good enough for most people here who are good in rendering every issue convoluted to satisfy their already biased minds.

    I am not an apologist or an advocate for either the sultan or Buhari, or even any political party for that matter. Nigeria has a multifarious issues and challenges that cannot be solved with a single bullet. However, the proposal just made by the sultan will go a long way in addressing the herdsmen issue especially when the sultan has not left us with a blueprint for knowing which herdsmen are foreign and which are Nigerians.

    Is that not an indirect way of saying to all rampaging herdsmen you do so at your own peril because the law enforcement would treat your actions as terrorism.

    Common people, grow up!
    Lord Luggard, really?

    • Gary

      By your reasoning, the federal government and its security forces need the go ahead if the Sultan of Sokoto before taking up their sworn duty of protecting the territory and citizens of other parts from Fulani marauders. It’s okay to go after them now since they are allegedly foreigners. But if they were local Fulani, per your reasoning, then maintaining the delicate North-South balance would prevent the protection of citizens from certain parts of the country.
      Clap for yourself, your kinfolk must be really proud of you.

      • Okokondem

        But you are missing the most important point in the Sultan’s declaration and that is…anybody acting unlawfully, harassing, intimidating and god forbid, participating in the killing of local farmers using guns must not be a northern Nigerian Fulani herdsman, and therefore is violating the law and should be brought to justices first by being confronted and arrested by the security forces.

        Did the Sultan give any hint subtle or otherwise, how you differentiate the herdsmen he described as foreigners and therefore are terrorists, from the ones he said are northern Nigerian Fulanis other than the gun-carrying, rampaging ones are bad and should be confronted by law enforcement. Think about it.

        The problem with us in Nigeria is we can’t see beyond our noses because we approach every issue with a preconceived point of view.

        If it will help you look at this development a little more objectively, I am from the SE, I witnessed the civil war, and I don’t make apologies for the way my country has treated my region of the country, but at the same time we should be able to look at every development with objectivity.

        Shouldn’t we task the law enforcement with upholding the law to reflect the Sultan’s new position on how to approach the herdsmen problem and see what the will be the Sultan’s reaction?

  • Bolaji Ajulo

    EDITOR SIR,

    This means President Muhamadu Buhari is the most incompetent president Nigeria has ever had.

    If terrorists are those walking around in the open on all of Nigeria’s highways, Buhari is incompetent.

  • Okokondem

    At the risk of redundancy, to those who failed to appreciate what just happened, the sultan basically said to rampaging, destructive herdsmen, you are not doing so as a northern Nigerian Fulani rather you would be viewed and treated as a terrorist by the Nigerian security forces….that’s good news.

    If the security forces were reluctant to confront the rampaging herdsmen for fear of disturbing the fragile balance of peace between the north and south, fear no more. You now have the blessings of the preeminent Muslim leader in the country to such people as terrorists.

    We should all be here extending the challenge to our security forces and law enforcement agencies to act and to uphold the law. The law has always been there only fear of altering the balance of a fragile peace prevented them from upholding the law.

    • thusspokez

      the sultan basically said to rampaging, destructive herdsmen, you are not doing so as a northern Nigerian Fulani rather you would be viewed and treated as a terrorist by the Nigerian security forces….that’s good news.

      You mean that this was the Sultan way of saying to the Fulani herdsmen “You aint Muslim bruv”? Or put another way, “you aint northerner bruv?”

      • Okokondem

        I am not sure where you are coming from but just in case you are being sarcastic, I suggest you read my various POSTS today on this topic if you really want to engage ‘critically.’ I think I have explained my understanding of the Sultan’s pronouncements, and what it could mean towards stopping or correcting the notion by the herdsmen that they can freely trample on poor innocent farmers without consequences. Their spiritual leader thinks otherwise and I believe that counts for something. That condemnation coming from their religious leader is about the loudest coming from that part of the country.

        One way of finding out whether the sultan means it is for the security forces and law enforcement agencies to confront these herdsmen when they act in contravention to the law and see what the Sultan’s reaction would be.

        • thusspokez

          Their spiritual leader thinks otherwise and I believe that counts for something

          How did you come to the conclusion that he is their spiritual or religious leader? After all, he claims that they are foreigners and terrorists.

          One way of finding out whether the sultan means it is for the security forces and law enforcement agencies to confront these herdsmen when they act in contravention to the law and see what the Sultan’s reaction would be.

          …not because any religious or traditional leader says so but because the security agencies have legitimate concern that the herdsmen might be involved in criminal activities. The Sultan should bloody stop telling the security agencies what to do or how to do their jobs.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    They are in denial as always, when the Boko-haram insurgence started, they claimed that they were foreigners , at a point they even claimed they were Igbos.

  • Okokondem

    Gary,

    Nigerian security forces do not need the go ahead of the Sultan of Sokoto to perform their sworn duties. No, that was not what I was saying or implying. However, it is no secrete how my tribe has in the past been persecuted in the northern Nigerian with the slightest provocation. That fear of a blow-back may have accounted for the reluctance on the part of the farmers and people in the SE where these herdsmen have reigned with terror to fight back. That fear that fighting back may result in retaliation against their kin living in the north.

    But if the Sultan is in essence saying to everyone, including his constituency, that wanton killing of innocent peasant farmers constitutes an act of terror then law enforcement can now operate without one hand tied behind them as Americans would say. That is what I was saying. I wasn’t suggesting the police needs the approval of the Sultan to do their job, Kabish?

  • Justice and Fairness

    You claim they are foreigners destroying our Farms and killing our farmers yet Government’s policy is to placate and appease these violent “foreigners” from the moon with grazing reserves constructed with tax payers money. Stop playing on people’s intelligence

  • favourtalk

    Sir, several times has the presidency had told them but the wailers will never learn becuaee it is making them happy to spread propaganda and hates, which is not tolerated, this are people that run around the country neigbours and try to disturb the country but they will soon be dealt with

  • JasV

    Thank you for this information. But the prince of rogues from your sultanate knew this when he diverted the funds for arming the security agents that would have dealt with the bastards years ago. In any case, every community where these foreigners have intruded their peace have put in place necessary structures to deal with them accordingly. Let them try Ekiti state again and they will know that there is difference between Niger and Nigeria.

  • Excisionist

    Fulani Herdsmen Ferocious Attacks In Oyo, Ogun State, Narratives By Victims

    Pains of wasted efforts, damp squib of raped women and chilling cries of men cut down in their primes are events that have left farmers in some Ogun and Oyo communities sad and forlorn. HANNAH OJO, who visited some of the affected communities ravaged by herdsmen invasion, reports.

    According to her, it has become the habit of the herdsmen to rape women found to be alone on their farms while their cattle foul their sources of drinking water. “The herdsmen open up our barns while their cattle eat up the maize and cassava we keep in the barns. Even the planted ones are uprooted and trampled on in the process of grazing. If we ask questions, they draw their guns and shoot at us,”

    Vanguard, 3.9.2016

  • OMOLOYIN

    They will meet their waterloo very soon.