CAN slams Sultan for defending herdsmen | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, in his Eid-el-Kabir message on Monday said armed herdsmen perpetrating violence in the country were foreign terrorists.

The Eid prayer was attended by Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari; Governor Aminu Tambuwal; his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu; and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, among other dignitaries.

He said,  “All those so-called Fulani herdsmen, moving with guns, causing violence, fighting with farmers are not Nigerians.

“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 stated that some “bad eggs” had infiltrated the Nigerian Fulani herdsmen, challenging the security agencies to be proactive.

Abubakar, however, admitted that there were problems between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers, which should only be resolved through dialogue.

The monarch stressed the need for all Nigerians to live peaceably with one another, irrespective of religious or ethnic differences.

But the Christian Association of Nigeria has challenged the Sultan to provide some information about cattle rearers terrorising the country to security agents if he insisted they were foreign terrorists and not Nigerians.

The General Secretary of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake, who said this in an interview with one of our correspondents on Monday evening in Abuja, said it was possible that the Sultan knew something about them.

He said, “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.”

The sultan, however, underscored the imperative of sustainable peace if the country was to fully develop.

On the ongoing hardship in the country, the Sultan appealed to Nigerians to go back to the farms and to learn to be more productive, rather than solely waiting for the government to provide all their needs.

The Sultan promised to continue to offer prayers, advice and wise counsel to the state and federal governments.

He stressed the need for leaders to continue to be just to all Nigerians, irrespective of their political differences.

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  1. I understand CAN do not even know there role as a religion Association, is sultan the chief of immigration or head of security operations, I can see you guys are jealous of Islam. so for your information, the door to islam is open to everybody. so CAN is also free to join islam instead of bringing something out of nothing.

    1. You are more than very stupid. Sultan is not immigration but does that mean he shouldn't be corrected when he lies

  2. Enter your comment...For God sake CAN should stop attacking Sultan when ever he speaks. Let respect each other view and belief. And stop inciting what will divide us.

  3. I believe you hear yours telling the word how stupid you are, please read the sultan statement as see if you are educated at all, every nigeria has the right to express their views not only sultan, but I can see that you are nothing but an educated illiterate. how on heart can you call one that do not abuse you stupid, that shows the level of your ignorance.

  4. Foreign Fulani herdsmen that know the territory well enough and also pick their targets with precision. You know someone is not telling the truth. It is just unfortunate that all this was created by the British colonialist.


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