Not Every Fulani Is A Herdsman, Bishop Kukah Warns

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The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto diocese, Matthew Kukah has advised Nigerians to stop demonising Fulani Herdsmen, saying that it could lead to a breakout of violence.

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah has advised Nigerians to stop demonising Fulani Herdsmen, saying that it could lead to a breakout of violence.

The outspoken cleric made this known on Tuesday during a colloquium on fake news and hate speech organised by the Olusegun Obasanjo Centre for African Studies, an arm of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto diocese, Matthew Kukah
Catholic Bishop of Sokoto diocese, Matthew Kukah

Kukah noted that any form of hate speech often precedes any genocide experienced in history.

“If it is Fulani today, yesterday it was the Igbos, When I look at my passport, it has the coat of arm and map of Nigeria. Then right in front of the data page where all my information is, I have the Bini. I am not a Bini man, but I am eminently proud of this. I didn’t even know it was here because I had to go through the passport page by page,” he said.

He admonished Nigerians not to call for the repeat of what led to the civil war during the 60s.

“When I opened the passport the first thing I saw was Zuma Rock, then I see Tiv dancers. Who gave them permission to put Tiv dancers? Then I got to the next page before I came to this poor Fulani man who is standing with his cows.

“Suddenly, this is the only thing we have chosen. Why is it exciting? It is exciting because this is the time for us to ‘hate’, literally tag every Fulani as a herdsman. We are in a very dangerous precipice.”

Kukah’s assertion is coming on the heels of incessant attacks by suspected herdsmen whom many Nigerians have tag Fulani.

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