If Buhari cannot protect Nigerians from herdsmen attacks, then there shall be no peace – Fani Kayode
Fani Kayode believes finding peace in the country is possible, but Buhari will have to guarantee the safety of Nigerians.
Fani-Kayode says there’ll be peace if Buhari guarantees safety of citizens. Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation has said the tears and lamentation of catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah in defense of Fulani herdsmen gives cause for concern.
Kukah had warned Nigerians to stop demonising herdsmen, especially those of the Fulani extraction, saying such could lead to a breakout of violence in the country.
He said “If it is Fulani today, yesterday it was the Igbos,”
“When I look at my passport, it has the coat of arm and map of Nigeria. Then right in front of the data page where all my information is, I have the Bini. I am not a Bini man, but I am eminently proud of this. I didn’t even know it was here, because I had to go through the passport page by page,” he said.
“When I opened the passport the first thing I saw was Zuma Rock, then I see Tiv dancers. Who gave them permission to put Tiv dancers? Then I got to next page, before I came to this poor Fulani man who is standing with his cows.
“Suddenly, this is the only thing we have chosen. Why is it exciting? It is exciting because this is the time for us to ‘hate’, literally tag every Fulani as a herdsman. We are on a very dangerous precipice.”
But reacting in an article titled “A WORD FOR BISHOP MATHEW HASSAN KUKAH” which he published on Sunday, Kayode said that what the southerners, Middle Beltans want is peace, harmony and respect.
He said “No-one wants to demonise the Fulani and no-one wants war but we shall not be lured, misled, or intimidated into not speaking the truth and NOT calling a spade a spade.
“All the people of the south, and indeed the Middle Belt, wants is peace, harmony, freedom, respect and safety. All we desire is an assurance and guarantee that our people will no longer be subjected to mass murder, ethnic cleansing and genocide. Is that too much to ask?
“Kukah’s tears and lamentations for the safety of the Fulani and his defence of them without adequately considering the pain, suffering and and trauma of their many victims gives cause for concern.