Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has said that the armed Fulani herdsmen rampaging across some states in the north and south, leaving violence in their wake, and fighting with farmers are not Nigerians, but foreign terrorists.
Abubakar stated this in his Eid el-Kabir message to the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria.
According to him, these are foreigners coming into Nigeria to cause a breach of the peace.
“They are therefore terrorists and should be treated as such by the Nigerian security agencies.
“The Nigerian herdsmen are very peace-loving and law abiding people,” he said.
The Sultan, who noted with concern that some ‘‘bad eggs” had infiltrated the Fulani herdsmen, challenged the security agencies to be proactive.
Abubakar, however, acknowledged that there were problems between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers, which should only be resolved through dialogue.
The monarch further stressed the need for all Nigerians to live peacefully with each other, irrespective of any religious or ethnic differences.