Katsina Governor, Aminu Masari, has said that majority of the bandits wreaking havoc in the North are of the Fulani ethnic as himself.
The governor revealed that they speak Fulfulde and profess the same religious beliefs as himself, adding that many northerners might not like his revelation but his disclosure remains the truth.
Speaking on Monday night as a guest on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme monitored by Newsbreakers, he said: “They are the same people like me, who speak the same language like me, who profess the same religious beliefs like me.
“So, what we have here on ground are bandits; they are not aliens, they are people we know, they are people that have been living with us for 100 of years.
“The infiltration we have from some West African countries and North African countries are also people of the Fulani extraction.
“Majority of those involved in this banditry are Fulanis whether it is palatable or it is not palatable but that is the truth. I am not saying 100% of them are Fulani but majority of them are, and these are people who live in the forest and their main occupation is rearing of cattle.”
Masari had on August 31, 2021 closed the Jibia-Gurbin-Baure Road and the Kankara-Sheme Road to all motorists, advising them to use Funtua Road as an alternative route.
The governor also suspended sales of cows, and other animals at markets in 14 local government areas of the state in a move to curb the worsening security situations in the North-West state.
This measure according to the governor, are “painful” but “necessary”, adding that the efforts are working but it has not recorded the level of results he wanted.
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