The Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, yesterday, frowned against labelling perpetrators of crimes around the country as Fulani herdsmen, rather they should be referred to as criminals.
FROM LEFT: GOV. NASIR EL-RUFAI OF KADUNA STATE; CHAIRMAN, NORTHERNGOVERNORS FORUM, GOV. KASHIM SHETTIMA OF BORNO STATE AND GOV. ABDULLAHI GANDUJEOF KANO STATE, AT THE 19 NORTHERN GOVERNORS FORUM MEETING IN KADUNA ON FRIDAY(11/9/15). 6572/11/9/2015/SP/CH/NAN
This came on the heels of their closed door meeting in Kaduna after long hours of deliberations on the state of the nation, particularly the recent attacks in Enugu and other parts of the country.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting at the Kaduna Government House, Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima said, it is an insult to label criminals as Fulani.
His words , “We want to unequivocally condemn the recent killings in Enugu and other parts of the country. But we equally condemn the politicisation or permit me, the ‘ethinicisation’ of the whole crisis. It goes beyond Fulani. If anything happens, they say Fulani herdsmen; to me it is an insult.
“Kidnapping in this country originated in the South-east, were they called Igbo kidnappers? We have a great national challenge and we want to call on all and sundry to come and let us solve our common challenges as a people. Because the blood of paternity that binds us together supersedes whatever differences that might divide us,” he declared.
On the killings that took place in Agatu local government area of Benue state, governor Shettima charged the media to avoid sensationalism and harp on issues that bind the country Nigerians together.
Similarly, the forum extolled the virtues of the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, stressing that they were doing everything possible to revive the New Nigerian Newspapers and Arewa Textile Limited.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, the NSGF Chairman confirmed that Boko Haram insurgents that have been terrorising the North-east in the last five years have been degraded.
He was however quick to note that, there are still pockets of bombings in the North-east which has been ravaged by the insurgency for more than five years.
The Governor also disclosed that, following their recent visit to the Islamic Development Bank, the bank has resolved to rebuild Northern Nigeria.
With this development, the Governor is calling for the rebuild of destroyed communities as well as total rehabilitation of affected persons who are currently seeking refuge at different camps across the country. Vanguard