The Emir of Kano, Muhammd Sanusi II, has asked Nigerians to refrain from pointing fingers at the Fulani ethnic extraction every time attacks are carried out by herdsmen.
Sanusi said this on Sunday at a National Executive Council meeting of MACBAN in Minna, Niger state.
The Emir said it was wrong to use ethnic characteristics to single out the Fulanis when such attacks take place.
“Nigerians should avoid ethnic profiling whenever a crime was committed, criminals have no tribal marks,” Sanusi said.
“MACBAN should liaise with the governors of Niger, Kogi, Nasarawa and Kano states who have indicated interest to allocate grazing reserves, with a view to developing them,” the Emir said.
Also speaking at the meeting was MACBAN’s zonal chairman, Gidado Siddiki, who held that engagement remains the best way to solve the farmers-herdsmen clashes across the country.
“The conflict between herdsmen and farmers has a long history; the solution has been to engage all stakeholders to find an amicable solution to the conflict,” he said.
“We commend Obiano and Ugwuanyi who have been able to effectively stem the recurring clashes between farmers and herders at a time their other peers and the federal government are at a loss on how to handle the clashes,” said Siddiki.