Katsina – The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on Fulani herdsmen and farmers to desist from taking laws into their hands whenever there is a misunderstanding between them.
Abubakar made the call on Thursday during a meeting with leaders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Katsina.
He said “you should always channel your grievances to the appropriate authorities whenever you feel offended.’’
Represented by Dan-Malikin Acida, Alhaji Umaru Abubakar, the sultan also urged security agents to ensure that all citizens enjoyed equal treatment.
“Whenever there is crisis between the two groups, security agents must consider that all parties involved are innocent until proved guilty by a competent court of law,’’ he said.
He also urged the farmers and herdsmen to always be peace loving because no development could be achieved in crisis.
Earlier in his remarks, the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir, urged leaders of the association to address the problems of cattle theft and indiscipline among members of the association.
In a related development, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria also called on Zamfara government to incorporate Fulani groups in the vigilance committees in the state.
The call is contained in a communiqué signed by the Secretary of the association, Alhaji Hamisu Shuaibu, and made available to newsmen in Katsina.
It also urged the Federal Government to establish a Federal Ministry of Livestock and appoint a special adviser to president on cattle rearing in an effort to address the problems affecting herdsmen in the country. (NAN)