By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Following the alleged killing of 66 persons during a communal clash in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State about a week ago, the Fulani youth across the country have pledged not to take laws into their hands, but warned that enough is enough of the killing of their people in the area.
In a statement in Kaduna, National President of Fulani Youth in Nigeria under the aegis of Jonde Jam Fulani Youth Association of Nigeria (JAFUYAN), Alhaji Saidu Maikano, however called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufai, to find lasting solution to the perennial crisis in the zone.
Maikano recalled that over the years, it has been peaceful corxistence between Fulani people and the natives, wondering what had gone wrong to bring about animosity between them in recent times.
He noted that there was a symbiotic economic relationship between the Fulani and the native farmers whereby the crop farmers came out occasionally to take cow dungs from the cattle breeders in exchange for grains.
The Fulani youth leader said, “We won’t take the law into our hands, lets us pray for the dead that God may grant them eternal rest.
“But enough is enough for whoever is causing this crisis, so that we can continue to live in peace with one anothed irrespective of our religious and tribal differences”.
He however, blamed the Nigerian government for the incessant killings in Southern Kaduna, and called political leaders to take proactive measures to end the ugly situation.
The youth leader opined that if government had prosecuted culprits of southern Kaduna killings since 1992 when the bloody Zango-Kataf riots erupted, the current ugly incidents wouldn’t have occurred again.
“However, this is not to say that we believe in vengeance, we have left everything that happened to Allah, and we will ensure that we live peacefully with our neighbours just as they will also live in peace with us.
“We are therefore calling on both the Federal and State governments to put in place all necessary measures in order to forestall future occurence.
“It is with a heavy heart that we totally condemn the killing of the chief in southern kaduna.
“The constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria has provided that every citizen have right to live and to leave wherever he or she wants without any molestation from anybody.
“We are also calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate all the cattle routes that has been occupied by farmers to as a matter of urgency return them back, this will go along way in solving problems between Fulani herdsmen and farmers”. Maikano said.