- Alhaji Ahmad Mahmud said herdsmen in Ekiti are ready to support any initiative for peace
- The Serkin Fulani lamented that his people sometimes fall victims of attacks
- He said they consider Ekiti as home after having been there for a long time
Alhaji Ahmad Mahmud who is Serikin Fulani in Ekiti state said he is ready to support any move to sustain peace in the state and stop herdsmen-farmers crises.
Daily Trust reports that Mahmud also said he was ready to cooperate with traditional rulers to weed out bad eggs among cattle rearers.
The Serkin Fulani lamented that his members sometimes face similar attack from marauders who steal and kill their cows.
He however said he has told his members to cooperate with relevant authorities to bring peace to the state.
The Fulani leader said some of his people have been in Ekiti for so long that they consider it there home.
He said: “This is our home, because many of us and even our fathers were born here. So, we have no reason to cause trouble for anybody because, where to live is not where to destroy.”
“It is very sad and most unfortunate that each time there was violent clash between herders and farmers, the media always look in the direction of Fulani as culprits. What the media fails to recognize is that there are other tribes that are involved in this business. Among the tribes are :Hausa, Fulani, Bororo, and Bakolo . Others are Kaje and Tivs from the northern part of the country
“We are therefore, calling on government as well as security agencies to conduct full investigation into the renewed hostilities between farmers and herders in the state with a view to apprehending the culprits."
Meanwhile, a report by Daily Trust indicates that the 10-man working committee constituted few days ago by the National Economic Council to end attacks by herdsmen decided that every state should design its own solutions.
According to the report, the committee proposed that the states should come up with the solutions after a rigorous consultative process with all stakeholders.
The committee, headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, comprises the governors of Adamawa, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Kaduna, Oyo, Plateau and Zamfara states.
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