Former Chairman of EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has said that the Fulani nomads are marginalised in Nigerian as they are benefiting nothing from the country.
He spoke at a two-day national summit on conflict resolution organised by The Nation and Television Continental (TVC) as part of their contribution to finding a lasting solution to the bloody farmers/herders clashes.
He said “As a developing country, we will continue to have challenges and problems. But it is important for us to address them. Whatever we are going through, other countries have gone through it.
Why don’t we look at what we must do. Nomadic tribes are not new. They exist all over the world. Most of the native tribes of America are nomads. There had always been a problem and they were able to do something about it.
But the question is, why have we not been able to address it? Nomads are normally landless people who have animals to take care of and, in doing that, there is likely going to be a problem.
We forget that people who are landless will continue to be a problem and part of the problem we are facing today is these people fighting to say we are part of this country.
They want a place of their own where they will be taken care of, but there is resistance. That is why you see what is going on in Zamfara and other the places.
The Fulani in the town who claim to be part of them, or even their traditional rulers who claim to be their leaders, don’t understand what they are going through. They are people who are completely out of everything.
You can hardly see any nomadic Fulani that is part of state or National assembly and they form about 15 to 20 million of the population and they are marginalised. They are not in any way benefiting from what is happening in the country today.
“People have continued to misunderstand what is going on. President Buhari has nothing to do with what is going on. In fact, the Fulani are even angry with him because they think he has abandoned them.They think he is listening to the others and that he gives audience to the people from Benue, Plateau and never gave them audience.”
BEN TV LONDON