Most of the Fulani herdsmen involved in issues of insecurity in Nigeria are immigrants from Senegal and Mali, the Northern Governor’s Forum, NGF, asserted on Tuesday.
The group also added that it had resolved to work with relevant stakeholders to secure Nigeria’s borders and register Fulani immigrants entering into the country to rear cattle.
Speaking to pressmen at the end of the forum’s meeting in Kaduna, on Tuesday, the Chairman of the Forum, Kashim Shettima of Borno, revealed that, at the meeting, the governors observed that most of the herdsmen involved in issues of insecurity are immigrants from Senegal and Mali.
“We also mapped out new strategies that would be used by the local Fulani herdsmen to rear their cattle without having to move across the country,” he said.
The Chairman emphasised the need for every Nigerian to see security as his or her business, pointing out that the nation would remain backward if there was no peace.
On the indigene/settler dichotomy, the governor said that there was a push by the forum towards national integration and cohesion so that every Nigerian could conveniently settle in any part of the country without suffering any form of discrimination.
“Some of the past governors of Kano State, like the late Sabo Bakin Zawo, from Niger, and Ibrahim Shekarau, from Borno, were not indigenes technically, but were assimilated and even attained the highest office in Kano,” he observed.