June 1, 2016

“Fulani herdsmen are businessmen, nobody can stop them”

"Fulani herdsmen are businessmen, nobody can stop them"

Former vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna, Ango Abdullahi, has said that Fulani herdsmen are bound to walk around to any corner of the country they like as stated by the Nigerian constitution.

His words:

“The Fulani man is a Nigerian he has rights like any other Nigerian he works freely to access legitimate economic resources of this country like land. Land is common thing for all Nigerians. In fact, what really amazes me there is no Nigerian I know that works as hard as a herdsman; he sleeps on the branches of trees he has no permanent abode, he toils day and night with his animals.

“And if for any reason, somebody in one section of this country will deny him access then we have to take measures to response to that. We are not saying that if a herdsman encroaches on a farm land . . . and this has been the tradition here for years; when they do some crops get damaged and an assessment is made and they pay. So why all the petty attitude?”

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