“Since 1999, over 16,000 Fulani herdsmen killed, says Fulani group
A splinter group of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), called Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN), through its National Secretary, Alhaji Sale Bayari, spoke to journalists in Jos yesterday on the incessant conflicts.
He claimed: “For the past 15 years, the herdsmen have been crying and they have been losing people, they have been losing human lives, women and children. We have the records. We have the inventory. Within the period of 20 years, we have lost about 16,000 herdsmen in Nigeria from 1999 to date. We have the names, we have the details.
“Just like we said during Niki Toby Commission that we had the names of our people who were killed and that if at the end of the day we bring the list, people would be shocked. As at that time, the cries were that there was genocide against Berom in Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South. By the time we brought names verifiable names of victims including men, women and children, young and infants, the entire state was shocked. Ninety percent of people killed and submitted to the commission were Fulani and not Berom.”
According to him, if there is a national judicial commission of inquiry, and the herdsmen decide to bring out their victims, a lot of the people who are screaming today will go to jail, “some may even be sentenced to death if they are taken to court because it would be found that they precipitated or were responsible for what had happened. The unfortunate thing is that the Fulani man is like the Jew because he suffers one common thing with the Jew, they are always in the minority.”