The pan-Yoruba socio-political and cultural group, Afenifere, has slammed the former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, over his recent comment on the menace of Fulani herdsmen in the South-west.
Kwankwaso, who was in Ibadan, Oyo State last weekend, had picked holes in the threat by Yoruba leaders to sack all Fulani herdsmen from the zone due to the criminalities of some of them.
Reacting to the Afenifere’s threat, which was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a summit in Ibadan, following the kidnap saga of the former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae, the former governor said such should not be contemplated as ‘Nigeria is home to all.’
But in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, entitled, ‘of Criminal Fulani herdsmen and uncultured Kwakwaso,’ Afenifere described Kwankwaso’s statement as ‘uncouth, rude and insensitive.
“In all his ramblings in Ibadan, Kwakwanso did not condemn the abduction of Chief Falae, the killing of innocent farmers, raping of women and destruction of crops and farmlands in the course of the grazing activities of Fulani herdsmen. He only tacitly justified their activities by offering excuses for their criminal conducts,” the statement read in parts.
Afenifere said it was irritating for Kwankwaso to be justifying the criminal activities of the Fulani herdsmen on the ground of not having opportunity to go school as if it was the Yoruba that actually denied them the opportunity.