Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai said criminally-minded Fulani herders would not change their ways no matter the programmes the federal government have in place for them.
el-Rufai stated this in an interview he granted British Broadcasting Corporation Hausa Service, and against the backdrop of the call made by renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Abubakar Mahmoud Gunmi, advocating for an amnesty programme for marauding Fulani bandits.
“I believe that since the Niger Delta armed militants were integrated by the Federal Government and are even in the business of pipelines protection, the Federal Government should immediately look into how something like that will be done to the Fulani to provide them with reasonable means of livelihood including jobs, working capitals, entrepreneurship training, building clinic and schooling,” Gunmi said.
But in his submission on Gunmi’s call, the Kaduna governor said nothing would make militia Fulanis in the lucrative but illicit business of kidnapping to turn a new leaf saying, “I never believed that a Fulani herdsman who ventured into banditry and is collecting millions of naira as ransom will repent. I spoke to Dr Gumi, who is my friend. I explained that majority of these bandits don’t believe in the religion. That is why they kill mercilessly.
”Anybody who thinks a Fulani herdsman that was used to only getting N100,000 in a year after selling a cow, but now is getting millions through kidnapping for ransom will stop, is only wasting his time.”