We’ve Paid Some Fulani To Stop Killings In Southern Kaduna – El-rufai

Kaduna
Kaduna state Governor Mallam Nasir
el-Rufai has said his government has traced some violent,aggrieved
Fulani to their countries and paid them to stop

the killings of Southern
Kaduna natives and the destruction of their communities saying that the
renewed violence is carried out by bandits.

El-Rufai made this known while fielding questions from some select Journalists in his office in Kaduna.
He
said: “For southern Kaduna, we didn’t understand what was going on and
we decided to set up a committee under Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd) to
find out what was going on there. What was established was that the
root of the problem has a history starting from the 2011 post election
violence.
“Fulani herdsmen from across Africa bring their cattle
down towards Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria. The moment the rains
starts around March, April, they start moving them up to go back to
their various communities and countries.
“Unfortunately, it was
when they were moving up with their cattle across Southern Kaduna that
the elections of 2011 took place and the crisis trapped some of them.
“Some
of them were from Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Mali and Senegal. Fulanis are
in 14 African countries and they traverse this country with the
cattle.“So many of these people were killed, cattle lost and they
organised themselves and came back to revenge.
“So a lot of what
was happening in Southern Kaduna was actually from outside Nigeria. We
got a hint that the late Governor Patrick Yakowa got this information
and he sent someone to go round some of these Fulani communities, but of
course after he died, the whole thing stopped. That is what we
inherited. But the Agwai committee established that.
“We took
certain steps. We got a group of people that were going round trying to
trace some of these people in Cameroon, Niger republic and so on to tell
them that there is a new governor who is Fulani like them and has no
problem paying compensations for lives lost and he is begging them to
stop killing.“In most of the communities, once that appeal was made to
them, they said they have forgiven
.There are one or two that
asked for monetary compensation. They said they have forgiven the death
of human beings, but want compensation for cattle. We said no problem,
and we paid some. As recently as two weeks ago, the team went to Niger
republic to attend one Fulani gathering that they hold every year with a
message from me.
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