A one-time Governor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda has opined that the Fulani who have engaged in kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities were forced into it as a means of revenge against perceived injustice meted on them.
Isa Yuguda expressed the opinion over the weekend when he interacted with journalists in his Bauchi residence in a buildup to next Saturday’s gubernatorial and state Houses of Assembly elections.
He said, “as a Fulani man, we went to Zamfara up to the kidnapper’s den in the bush seeking to know why they are into banditry, kidnappings and other criminal activities, and we understood that they took up Arms to revenge.”
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According to him, “because their parents were killed, maimed and raped, and their cattle were rustled, even their grazing reserves were seized. In Bauchi here, grazing reserves were allocated to a businessman, cattle routes were taken over, how do you want them to survive in the interest of justice.”
He also said that in Nigeria, Fulani are the largest Population, we have over 50 million Fulani in Nigeria, no President will joke with this number of people. Something urgent needs to be done to assuage them in order to have peace.”
Isa Yuguda however expressed confidence that the election of President elect, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will strengthen the unity of Nigeria as one country as he will effectively tackle the issue of banditry, kidnappings and farmers- herders clashes in Nigeria.
The former Governor also said that before the Presidential election, Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje organized a conference for Fulani in which University Dons across the country presented meaningful papers on how to resolve the issues.
He said that at the end of the conference, “we developed a blue which will be presented to Bola Tinubu after he takes the oath of office which he pledged to implement in order to addressed the problems affecting Fulani in Nigeria.”
He said that livestock of Fulani is the only meat that was not imported in to the country ,which helped to boost the socio-economic of the country.
Isa Yuguda then advised people with different opinions over the election of Bola Tinubu to sheath their swords and accept him as a true leader chosen by the Almighty to rule the country because he won with the majority of votes cast.
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Yuguda also said that the election of Bola Tinubu will strengthen the unity of Nigeria and will help to tackle the socio-economic problems bedeviling the country.
Isa Yuguda, who is a chieftain of the ruling APC, said that he was confident that with Bola Tinubu at the helm of affairs, the problem of Fulani would be addressed stressing that, “We are very positive that the APC government of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will address the problem.
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