The Governor of Katsina state, Aminu Masari, has revealed that majority of the armed bandits terrorising Nigeria are from the Fulani ethnic tribe. ayokinews.com reports
Speaking during an interview with Channels TV on Monday, Governor Masari whose state is one of the topmost operational base for the bandits, stated that his revelation might not sit well among some people but the truth has to be told about the fulani dominated armed bandits terrorising the country.
He further noted that the fulani dominated armed bandits don’t care about religion as they also kill those who share the same religious faith with them.
In his words; “They are the same people like me, who speak the same language like me, who profess the same religious beliefs like me. So, what we have here on ground with these bandits, they are not aliens; they are people who we know.
“They are people who are living with us for hundreds of years. The infiltration we have from some West African countries and North African countries are also people of the Fulani extraction.
“Majority of those involved in this banditry are Fulani, whether it is palatable or not, but that is the truth. I’m not saying 100 percent of them are Fulani, but the majority of them are. These are people who live in the forests where their main occupation is rearing of cattle.
“Probably, over time, their fortunes dwindled with climate change. Lack of access to education also aggravated the situation.
“The fall of Gaddafi, instability in many West and North African countries, the influx of arms and ammunition, accompanied with illegal drugs and intoxicants that polluted the environment, that made them what they are and I think it is our responsibility to cure this.
“We in Katsina, together with other governors in the north-western region, are determined to cure this.” Governor Masari said.