The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said that he would never call on Fulani to kill other Nigerians.
He was reacting to reports which alleged that he made inciting comments concerning the recent killing of some Fulani in Numan, Adamawa state.
Represented by the Emir of Kano, Abubakar was quoted to have said that “what happened in Numan would not go unpunished” and warned against misconstruing the “patience (of the Fulani) for weakness.”
“As a Fulani leader, I am the leader of Fulani in this country and in the West African sub-region. I live with so many people and I know their problems and I will never call on any Fulani to pick up arms to kill anybody,” the Sultan said.
“I have said it so many times at so many fora, those people picking up arms killing people are criminals and whoever you are, whether you are Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba or Fulani, you have no right to take up arms and kill anybody. If you see such thing happening then there must be a failure of government, but if government wakes up to their responsibility, some of these things will not happen.”