‘Restore your good image’ – Emir asks Fulani leaders to weed out criminal elements
The Emir of Muri, Alhaji Abbas Njidda has admonished the leadership of the Fulani ethnic group in Taraba state to expose those soiling the image of the tribe.
This call was made by the monarch at a meeting held in his palace in Jalingo, the state capital, between him and all the leaders of Fulani ethnic groups spread across the state.
The meeting was geared at reducing to the barest minimum the incessant upheavals in the state which many believe are ignited by the herders.
Wondering why the leaders have not been proactive enough to bring those fermenting crises to their knees, he urged them to tread extra legitimate miles and weed out those suspected to be perpetrating crimes that give residents sleepless nights.
He said “You must weed out all criminal elements among you and restore the good image of Fulani which is gradually being tarnished by activities of bad eggs that engage in kidnapping and other forms of criminal activities.”
The first class traditional ruler, it would be recalled had on last Sallah day, issued a thirty-day ultimatum to herders that specialized in rape, kidnapping and other vices to seek for alternative means of livelihoods or relocate from the state.
Contrary to rumour that his marching order was directed to the Fulani ethnic group, the emir stated that his directive was solely meant for herders terrorising residents.
Elated by the outcome of the gathering, the state chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Sahabi Tukur, lauded the boldness of the empire to expressed his said that the Emir had expressed his displeasure over the tedious attitudes of some herders.
Glad that the monarch, who is also of the Fulani extraction, has expressed dismay over Fulani herders linked to the enumerated ills , the association, as made known by him, will work hard to flush out bad elements among them.
Drumming the association’s readiness to act positively to herald the much desired sanity among all Fulani herders, he enjoined members of the tribe engaging in such vices to desist.
He also vowed to set up committees to ensure that the emir’s directives are adhered to.