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Sultan says not all Fulani herders are bandits

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Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar


• Northern govs meet in Kaduna today on insecurity

Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said that not all Fulani herdsmen engage in terrorism.

The Sultan, who stated this yesterday when he visited the headquarters of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in Abuja, said the insecurity in the country should not be restricted to one particular ethnic group.

He said: “As Muslims, we should not allow people’s talk to get into our head when they call us all sort of names. We have fought, we have told the whole world, not only in Nigeria. In fact, there is nowhere in this world that I haven’t spoken about Islam not being a terrorist religion; from the White House to universities in the United States, to Chatham House in London, I have always stood by this. Of course, we have some bandits among us, but it does not make Islam or Muslims terrorists.

“I am a proud Fulani, but I am not a criminal, bandit or terrorist. I just do my best to the best of my ability.” He advised Muslims to always behave according to the teaching of Holy Quran and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad.

Earlier, the chairman of NAHCON, Zikrullah Hassan, said the commission had begun the process of transforming its activities from manual to digital.

MEANWHILE, the 19 Northern governors have vowed to end insecurity in the region.

Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF), Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, said the governors were determined to restore peace and unity to the North. Lalong said in Zaria yesterday that the governors’ meeting in Kaduna today would centre mainly on peace and unity in the region.

The governor was speaking when he visited his Alma Mater, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), where he met with Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala, and other principal officers of the university. Earlier in his address, Prof. Bala had described the governor’s visit as “auspicious”.

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