The Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III declared in Monday in his Eid-El-Kabir message that despite Fulanis are peace loving, some few bag ones amongst them were eroding their value.
The Sultan who decrled how Fulanis are been erroneously laballed with violence recently in most part the country, affirmed that, the Nigerian Fulanis are peace loving and believe in peaceful coexistence.
The religious cum traditional ruler in his Sallah message to the Nigerian Muslim Ummah, insisted that there was no alternative to peace should any country wants to develop.
While insisting that, those Fulani herdsmen that conspicuously wield dangerous weapons such as guns and continue to cause violence including fighting with farmers are but simple foreign terrorist disguising as herdsmen
The Sultan who admonished Nigerian security agencies to take appropriate measures against such herdsmen, added that, such foriegn Fulanis are simply interested in causing breach of peace in Nigeria.
“All those so called fulani herdsmen moving with guns, causing violence, fighting with farmers are not Nigerians.
”These are foreigners coming into Nigeria to cause a breach of the peace of the nation.
”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, despite some bad eggs had infiltrated the fulani herdsmen.
Continuing, Sultan wondered why there should be altercation between the farmers and herdsmen who are brothers and partners in progress.
Sultan therefore advised that, should any misunderstanding arises between the Fulani herdsmen and farmers, it would be better that the two parties embrace dialogue in resolving issues than acting otherwise.
Talking on the imperative of peaceful coexistence, Sultan admonished Nigerians to live peacefully with one another irrespective of religious, social, regional and ethnic differences.
“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.”
Recalling that Nigerians are truly going through tough times, Sultan said, there is hardship in the country now which explains why people should be patient and embrace farm once more.
He advised that, Nigerians should also strive to be more productive, rather than solely waiting for the government to provide all their needs.
While calling on leaders to be fair and practice justice amongst the led irrespective of political differences, the sultan called on Nigerians to continue to pray for her leaders at all level.
Dignatries at this years Eid-El-Kabir prayer ground in Sokoto include, second republic President Shehu Shagari, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote,and many others.