The Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, has added its influential voice to the ongoing problems involving herdsmen grazing in Nigeria. According to ‘The Will’ online news portal, they have decried the labelling of perpetrators of violent crimes across the country as Fulani people, stressing that it was an insult to identify criminals as Fulani.
Governors of the 19 Northern States, who rose from their meeting on Friday evening at the Government House in Kaduna, however condemned the recent slaughter of Nimbo people in Uzo Uwani LGA of Enugu State.
Addressing newsmen after the meeting, the NSGF Chiarman and Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim 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.
The statement went on; read this….
“Kidnapping in this country originated in the South-east, where do they call Igbo kidnappers? WHAT AN INCREDIBLE, CARELESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE STATEMENT TO MAKE.
It continued, “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. The blood of paternity that binds us together supersedes whatever differences that might divide us,” he stressed.
While also condemning the Agatu killings, the NSGF Chairman, charged the media to avoid sensationalism and rather harp on issues that bind the country Nigerians together.
These so called leaders have no iota of etiquette. To all and sundry, they, (the Northern States Governors Forum) have wittingly and officially introduced, and made the issue of Fulani Herdsmen an ethnic matter. What a bunch of Nonentities.