A former governor of Jigawa State, Mallam Sule Lamido has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s terrible administration is the cause of the hatred the Fulani people are currently facing in different parts of the country.
In the last two weeks, tensions have risen in the Western part of Nigeria, after the Governor’s of Oyo and Ondo States ordered Fulani herdsmen to vacate the forest reserves in their respective States.
President Buhari’s aides, Garba Shehu, Lauretta Onochie and Femi Adesina, have in the last couple of days, come out to lambast those standing against the activities of the herders.
Switch Nigeria also reported that the house of one Chief Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba activist, was allegedly set on fire in Ibadan by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Lamido, himself a former Foreign Affairs Ambassador during Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime, noted that the animosity towards people of Fulani descent is due to the fact that Buhari who is viewed as the father of the Fulani people, has failed as a leader.
He added that people do not even know that some Fulani people do not even like Buhari, or did they vote for him.
He said: “Though a Fulani man, I did not vote for Buhari and our parties are completely different, but the Yoruba’s Tinubus, the Igbo’s Ngiges and the South-South’s Amaechis were the ones who firmly stood behind the president to win the election, not even the Fulani.”
“Today, northerners and the Fulani race are not at peace. The insecurity created by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government has affected everyone; so to bully them (Fulani) and see them as Nigeria’s problem is like adding salt to injury.”
“Nigerians should know that Fulani herders are very peaceful and enterprising people who pasture nature and live by nature. They are not violent and it is not right to castigate all other Fulani because Buhari failed.”
Dr. Lamido further called on the three main ethnic groups in the country and the minorities to devise a plan of uniting the nation.