Maude Rabiu Gwadabe
Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Igbo leaders in the state have rejected calls by some Northern elders for Fulani herdsmen to relocate to the North.
Chief Press Secretary to the governor Abba Anwar states that Mr Ganduje said calling Fulani to leave the South is a “divisive and retrogressive idea”.
KANO TODAY recalls that a group of Northern elders has advised Fulani herdsman to leave southern states for their own safety following the rejection of federal government’s RUGA project by governors in the region.
“Those who are calling on the Fulani to leave South, we don’t share the same feeling with them. People have a choice, as far as Nigerian constitution is concerned, to live wherever they chose to. But they must respect laws and cultures of those they are living with.” Mr. Ganduje said.
The governor made the statement at a dinner he organized in honor of Eze Ndigbo Igwe Boniface Ibekwe to celebrate the Eze’s 10th Ofala anniversary at Africa House Kano on Saturday.
In his remarks, Eze Ndigbo Ibekwe expressed fears over the repercussions of the call on Fulani to vacate the South.
“Just look at what is happening now, some people are calling on Fulani to come back to the North. So if they come back what will happen to us here in the North?” He asked.
“Our people will tell us to go back to South. Is that what our forefathers wished to see us doing? We are therefore rejecting such call coming from some quarters. It does not mean well for the corporate existence of our dear country.” He added.