- An aide to President Buhari has claimed that Fulani people are hated because of the Nigerian leader
- According to Lauretta Onochie, every tribe has its own bad eggs but Fulanis are being branded unfairly
- Going further, she said people will always find fault Buhari and such will be transferred on Fulanis
In what many people will dismiss as a product of sycophancy, Lauretta Onochie, senior special assistant on social media to President Muhammadu Buhari has defended the Fulani tribe.
According to her, people are against them because of President Buhari.
The media aide said criminals are everywhere and they are labelled with their identities except the Fulani people who are being grouped with their ethnicity.
The controversial aide went further to insist that it is the hatred for Buhari that drives these narratives against the Fulanis.
She disclosed this in serious of tweets while reacting to statements made by a human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), on the eviction order issued by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Going further, she said no matter the good works of the Buhari administration, people that do not like him will always find fault in him and such will be transferred on Fulanis.
"However, when the criminal is Musa, Aliyu or Ibrahim, the whole Fulani nation is guilty. Sometimes, Fulanis who have lived in the area for decades, are made to suffer the consequences of crimes committed by others. Why is this? They are Fulanis, Pres Buhari’s ethnic group.
"If there's an ethnic or community clash where lives & properties are lost, we pick & choose which to attribute to community clash & which to lay on the doorsteps of d Fulanis, @MBuhari’s ethnic group in order to satisfy the craving for more bitterness & hatred towards MBuhari.
"There's no tribe that is free of bad eggs. But criminalising an ethnic group because you don't like President Buhari’s face, is nothing short of evil and fishing for trouble."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Nigeria's prominent human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), accused the federal government of portraying itself as the defender of herdsmen in the country.
The senior lawyer made the accusation when he appeared as a guest on a Television Continental (TVC) programme on Sunday, January 24.
Legit.ng noted that Falana was reacting to the directive issued to Fulani herdsmen in Ondo state by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, asking them, especially those not registered, to vacate the state's forest reserves.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Miyetti Allah has reportedly agreed to meet with southwest governors on Monday, January 25.
The decision to hold a peace meeting is following the expiration of the 7-day ultimatum issued by Governor Akeredolu.
The association's chairman in Ondo state, Alhaji Bello Garba confirmed the meeting, saying the national leadership had arrived in Akure in preparation for talks.
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