A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, has insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari is not backing the killing of Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen.
Speaking on Monday at a forum on conflict resolution, the former Adamawa governorship aspirant said that crises between farmers and herders have been hijacked by some politicians to score political points.
Ribadu said, “Nomadic Fulani are the most detribalised people you can find; they don’t care about tribe or religion. They can live with anybody provided they have pasture.
“President Buhari rather than take sides with the Fulani herders; he is even seen by the herdsmen as one who has taken sides with persons they consider as the aggressors.
“Climatic changes, insecurity, and economic downturn are mostly the reasons herdsmen move from hinterland to down south.
“Over the years, Nigeria has failed to arrest nomadism and resettle Fulani nomads as it happened in many countries around the world.
“This is an old problem around the world from America to Asia and here in Africa. There were nomads in America but with right policies, they were settled.
“In India, there are 315 nomadic tribes, but they have all been settled. The Ahir tribe, in particular, is very similar to our own Fulani. The Suri in Ethiopia, Turkana, Samburu and Masai in East Africa and Nembe in Namibia, or even the Tuaregs in North Africa and the Sahel are all settled today. We should not be different.”