The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has condemned the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, for saying armed herdsmen perpetrating violence across the nation are foreign terrorists.
In his Sallah message on Monday, Abubakar had said normal herdsmen are easy-going and peaceful.
“All those so-called Fulani herdsmen, moving with guns, causing violence, fighting with farmers are not Nigerians,” he said. “These are foreigners coming into Nigeria to cause a breach of the peace of the nation. They are therefore terrorists and should be treated as such by the Nigerian security agencies.
“The Nigerian herdsmen are very peace-loving and law abiding.’’
He however admitted that some tension exist between herdsmen and farmers.
Reacting, General Secretary of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake, said it was possible the Sultan had some secret knowledge about them.
“Foreign terrorists? Well, the Sultan knows them as foreign terrorists, but we know they are Nigerian Fulani herdsmen. If somebody said they are foreign terrorists, what are they doing here (in Nigeria)? Who brought them in?
“That shows that the terrorists are here with a very good authority when they are not supposed to be here. Who hired them?
“If they are foreign terrorists, then, they are not supposed to be going about. So, as far as we are concerned, someone should confirm to us that they are foreign terrorists and who brought them and their means of survival.
“The immigration service should also explain how they came into the country. But before we get all these, the person (Sultan) making the allegation should actually tell us how foreign terrorists got to Nigeria and who brought them. Maybe he knows something about them.”
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