The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, Kayode Fayemi, on Monday, stated that Fulanis have also been victims of kidnappings and banditry just as other tribes of the country are currently facing the same menace.
Fayemi, who also doubles as the Governor of Ekiti State, stated this during a meeting of some governors with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) over the order by the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to herders to vacate forest reserves in the state.
He said: “There is the question that members of MACBAN are victims of crimes too, the way we who are not members are equally victims.
“Fulanis are kidnapped, robbed and assaulted. We need to deal with this rather than profile any ethnic group as being the one responsible for criminalities across the board.
“So, we are against criminality of any kind but, we also know that MACBAN is against criminality of any kind too.
“For us in the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, what we are after is the apprehension of criminals of any view, criminals that are Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani. We are not after Fulani herdsmen. But there is nobody who does not feel a sense of insecurity in our country today. This issue of banditry, kidnapping, of general insecurity is all pervasive. And we have to be tough on crimes.”