by Juliana Katung, Kaduna
Going by the increase in crisis between Fulani and other tribes in Kaduna state, a body known as ‘The Concerned Fulbe Women Group of Nigeria’ have vowed to embark on sensitization for Fulani youths on the need to embrace peace in the communities that have been ravaged by crisis.
President of the group, Hajiya Halima Usman, disclosed this when she led the members on a courtesy visit to the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police on the lingering crisis between the Fulani and some tribes within Southern Kaduna.
Usman described the recent communal crisis between
the Fulani and the Atyab
youths in Zongon-Kataf local government council as “unfortunate and unacceptable,” which needs to be put to an end.
She said it became necessary for the group to inform the Police Commissioner of the unceasing massacre and destruction meted on innocent Fulbe pastoralists in the various villages of Atyab Kataf Chiefdom.
“These killings were carried out by misguided Atyab youths,
who acted in a
militia-like manner, killing members of the Fulbe ethnic communities and
burning some of the dead bodies after the killings and their houses.”
Hajiya Usman remarked that, the group will, however, embark on advocacy visit for peace to their fellow Fulani and also reach out to those involved in criminal activities to desist from it.
“We are going to do a house-to-house campaign to encourage parents to expose youths that are involved in criminal activities. Exposing them will help curb criminal menace experienced in the society,” she said.
While responding, Kaduna state Police Commissioner, CP Umar Muri, said that, the Command swung into action to stop the violence immediately they were informed of the crisis.
“We arrived Zangon-Kataf immediately we were told about the crisis. We still have about 500 Policemen stationed at the community to avoid reoccurrence, and the Police has also rescued over 1,000 Fulanis,” the CP stated.
He assured that, the government at all levels and the security agencies will do their best to ensure the safety of all Nigerians.
“Fulanis are like other Nigerians, who are entitled to free movement and security. They can choose to live in any part of the country and also live a normal life,” the CP noted, while urging the women to speak to their husbands to help fish out the criminals amongst the Fulanis, as there are bad eggs in every tribe.
CP Muri appreciated the women group, especially in their resolve to making peace and also promised to deliver a letter they presented to the appropriate quarters.