Why Fulanis Are Prone To Crime – Kebbi Governor
Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state has made so much success from agriculture, and he has become quite popular across Nigeria.
Particularly in Lagos, if you do not know his face, you know the LAKE Rice, via his state’s partnership with Lagos state.
So, when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, visited Bagudu at the weekend, he was surely expecting to learn a few things about the reality of farming in northern Nigeria.
Naturally, the security challenge emanating from the herdsmen and farmers’ clashes dominated their conversation.
But Governor Bagudu was not in the mood to mince words.
He said that the average herders were not literate and because of the nature of what they were doing, they were prone to crime.
“In Kebbi, the predominant prisoners in custody are the Fulanis; they are prone to crime because of lack of education.
“On the other hand, they are also victims of cattle rustlers who attack them and take away their animals,” he said.
He also revealed that the environmental challenge caused by climate change has threatened the occupational practice of pastoralists and even the fishermen who are now lacking water resources.
For him, the federal government must do something about this and they are cooperating with them through the culture ministry to revive the Argungu fishing festival.
The Minister was obviously impressed by the giant strides of Kebbi in the agriculture sector.
“The story of Agriculture revolution in Nigeria will be incomplete without Kebbi.
“The state has turned around the narrative in the agriculture sector to the extent that everyone wants to engage in agriculture in the state,” he said.
The minister then reiterated the federal government’s commitment to supporting the farmers to boost food production in the country.