…Says Any Governor operating Policy of Conditional Cash Transfer to Killer Herdsmen is their Patron and Must be Treated as a National Security Risk
By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani has revealed that there are mass killings and kidnappings going on in parts of Kaduna state that are systematically suppressed in order not to embarrass the State and Federal Government.
He informed that almost every other time, poor people are burying their dead with tears while others are paying heavy ransom to Herdsmen.
The senator, who made the revelation on Thursday, also said that the roots of Herdsmen mass murder and kidnappings in other parts of Nigeria is in the policy of ‘Paying Fulani Herdsmen’ by some Governors.
“They appeased a monster with public funds and now the monster is going door to door; Sahel, Savanna and mangrove forests”, the comrade senator maintained.
He therefore said that “Any Governor of a state operating the policy of Conditional Cash transfer to Killer Herdsmen is their patron, and must be seen and treated as a national security risk.
Shehu Sani who took to his twitter handle @ShehuSani said:
“The mass killings & kidnappings going on in parts of Kaduna state is systematically suppressed in order not to embarrass d state & the FG .Poor people kept burying their dead with tears & others paying heavy ransom to Herdsmen.The victims r expected to praise Govt for ‘trying’.
“The roots of Herdsmen mass murder and kidnappings in other parts of Nigeria is in the policy of ‘Paying Fulani Herdsmen’ by some Governors.They appeased a monster with public funds and now the monster is going door to door;Sahel,Savanna and mangrove forests.
“Any Governor of a state operating the policy of Conditional Cash transfer to Killer Herdsmen is their patron.And he must be seen and treated as a national security risk”.
Sundiata Post recalls a statement credited to Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai (Vanguard Dec., 3, 2016) where he was quoted as saying that; “My 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.
According to him, “Fulani herdsmen from across Africa bring their cattle down towards Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria. The moment the rains start 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,’’ he said.