From Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna
The patron and leader of all Fulani groups in Nigeria, Ibrahim Dangirka has said that, those attributing armed banditry killings in states like Zamfara, Taraba, Kaduna and Benue to Fulani race are doing so only to blackmail them.
He exonerated the Fulani race from the acts of criminality taken place in those states saying there are other tribes involved and not Fulanis as being portrayed in some quarters.
According to him, there are more than 53 tribes in Fulani race therefore the government should come out to mention which of the Fulani tribe is involved in killing of innocent people in the country.
The elder Fulani Leader who stated this at Ardos (Chiefs) Forum meeting held in Kaduna, said the real Fulani men do not know how to operate AK 47 refile because they only carry sticks to control theirs cattle not guns.
“It’s all lies because a Fulani man knows nothing apart from his stick. Who teaches a Fulani man to go and operate AK 47 to kill people in those states? Which Fulani can use AK 47 and do you think using it is easy.
“ It’s not easy to use AK 47 those attributing such killings to Fulanis are blackmailers and all this blackmailing of saying Fulanis are using AK47 is a lie and we don’t believe it.
He said no tribe in Nigeria that does not have a bad egg in it but to attribute all forms of criminality to one race in simply an act of blackmail.
Asked on the way out of the problem he said Nigerian government must find a way to identify those responsible In the killings, kidnapping so as to disclose their identity for Nigerians to see them.
” Let the government do something about it so as to know the real tribes behind it but certainly not Fulani’s. We equally want to live in peace because nobody is happy with the happening in the north and Nigeria. Those using guns are also rustling the Fulani cows too, “ he said.