3,500 of our kinsmen in detention – Fulani group
An umbrella organisation of the Fulani tribe in the country, Gan Allah-Fulani Development Association of Nigeria, has said not all Fulani herdsmen are criminals as being portrayed across the country.
The National Chairman of the group, Saleh Bayeri, stated this in an interview with journalists in Kaduna on Sunday.
He claimed that herdsmen were unjustly persecuted and urged relevant authorities to charge the 3,500 Fulani herdsmen allegedly in detention to court.
He said, “I am aware there are over 3,500 Fulani herdsmen or natives in detention in various security posts. I sincerely believe that something fundamentally is wrong with the system.
“I can recall vividly the issue of armed robbery in Nigeria which was entirely an issue in the southern part.
“Some people were picked as individuals committing crimes. Criminal activities in Nigeria were never an ethnic, religious or regional issue.”
He added, “Unfortunately, because of the advent of ethnic and religious hatred against us (Fulani) because we belong to a large ethnic group in Nigeria, we have been painted black and seen by many people as criminal.
“Most Fulani peoples are innocently arrested and tortured almost to the point of death and money extorted from them to regain their freedom even when proven innocent. That is why today a Fulani man has become like an ATM.”