The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, has appealed to the Federal Government on the need to urgently probe the sources of weapons used by herdsmen accused of attacking Nigerian communities.
Sultan Abubakar’s advice was contained in his Eid-el Fitr message delivered in Sokoto.
The known custom concerning that group of people is that, “Real herdsmen do not carry guns, they only move with their cows and sticks,” declared the Sultan.
“There could be bad eggs among the Fulani, but those carrying arms and perpetrating heinous killings are not herdsmen.
“Those carrying arms are criminals and should be treated as such.
The revered traditional ruler added; “Government should probe the sources of these weapons and take appropriate action so as to minimise these attacks.”
He praised the government’s measures aimed at combating insurgency in the North-east, and cautioned against complacency as the problem was not yet over.
The monarch, a retired top military personnel of the Nigerian Army called passionately appealed to Nigerians to complement the efforts of the security agencies toward securing the country, pointing out that security is a collective responsibility.
He seized the opportunity of the sallah festivities to praise efforts by the Federal and Sokoto State governments to restore the glory of the educational and agricultural sectors, calling on Nigerians to support such efforts.
The Sultan noted that the gains of the Ramadan fast would be meaningless if Muslims do not uphold such virtues as patience, tolerance, perseverance and brotherliness, without which the country could move forward.