Treat violent herders as terrorists, Sultan says
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has said that herdsmen moving with guns and fighting with farmers should be treated as terrorists. He said they are not Nigerians.
According to Daily Trust’s report, the Sultan, said: “These are foreigners coming into Nigeria to cause a breach of the peace’’
“They are terrorists and should be treated as such by Nigerian security agencies,” he said on Monday in his Eid el-Kabir message to Muslims.
He said that security agencies should be proactive in dealing with the violent herders.
The Sultan explained that herdsmen from Nigeria were peace-loving and law abiding.
He agreed that there were problems between herders and farmers which could be resolved through dialogue and peacefully in the interest of sustainable unity among Nigerians.
‘‘Our diversity should be our strength and God has not made a mistake by creating us with diverse differences,” he said.
The sultan commended the federal government for the inauguration of the new orientation campaign, “Change Begins with Me”.
“The president deserves commendation for making this bold move christened, The Change begins with me,’’ he said.
The Change Begins With Me was launched on 7th Sept. 2016.
The campaign is similar to “War Against Indiscipline” (WAI) which he introduced as the military Head of State in 1984.
The President said at the launch that the new campaign was an effort to sanitise the society.
He said that sanity could only be achieved through a sustained citizens’ attitudinal change.
He challenged all Nigerians to partake in the national re-orientation campaign.
“Inded, I say to the glory of Almighty God, Change Begins with Me,” he emphasized.
He told the gathering of top government officials, civil society organizations and private sector operators that he was not under any illusion that the needed change would happen overnight
President Buhari urged Nigerians to shun corruption so as to achieve a better Nigeria.
He advised everyone to exhibit the virtues of honesty and hard work in all their interactions.
Buhari urged Nigerians to always resist the temptation of doing things in the old ways.