Ciroma denied the claim while fielding questions from journalists in Kafanchan, stressing that the killings in Southern Kaduna had nothing to do with the 2011 post-election violence that was fought in many parts of Northern Nigeria.
“There is no record of Fulani herders from Mali or elsewhere coming to Southern Kaduna as governor El-Rufai claimed. The Fulani I know in Southern Kaduna are the Kachechere people.
“The Fulani men they said intruded in Southern Kaduna, l don’t know them. I have not seen them and I don’t talk to them. They could be there but I don’t see them,” Ciroma added.
“l am 60 years of age and l have been living in Southern Kaduna. If there is anything like foreign Fulanis in the area at that time, l should know but there was nothing like that.
“To the best of our knowledge, there is no any strange Fulani that came from Mali or Senegal and was killed,” Ciroma said.
Ciroma also accused governor Nasir El-Rufai of talking too much with nothing to show for it.
He explained that the governor was not working to ensure that normalcy returns to Southern Kaduna, adding, ”I don’t want to talk too much about this Man (el-Rufai). He talks too much on security and we have not seen anything good in the area.
“I am a victim of the attack in Southern Kaduna and I am neither a cattle rearer nor a farmer but my younger brother was shot at the chest and he died during one of the attacks by herdsmen. This was caused by the nonchalant attitude of our security men.”
Ciroma stressed that if the security agencies had gone to the hideout of the terrorists killing Southern Kaduna villagers, “I believed my brother would have been saved. It is glaring that the security agencies have not been asked to do their job, that is why we are in this mess.”
He maintained that the security challenges in Southern Kaduna has been politicize by selfish politicians, stressing that the governor of Kaduna state was aware that terrorists were camped inside the forest.
“But governor El-Rufai has not taken any proactive measure to ensure the terrorists are cleared. If the terrorists’ camps are cleared, it will nip the attacks going on,” he lamented.