APC – Why Fulani Herdsmen Can’t Be Declared As Terrorists

Why Fulani Herdsmen Can’t Be Declared As Terrorists – APC

Nigerians where awoken to a new disclaimer that Fulani herdsman are not to be called terrorists by APC. Up till this very moment Nigerians are still very shock as to why APC would come to that conclusion. It is indeed very strange to the ears. As at the very early hours of the day, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has given reasons why the federal government can not declare Fulani herdsmen as terrorists. This they said through their spokesperson.

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Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi the National publicity secretary of the party, who gave reasons in a phone interview with Daily Sun when he reacted to calls by Nobel Laurette, Professor Wole Soyinka, that the federal government should declare Fulani herdsmen as terrorists organisation.

According to Mallam Bolaji who argued that it would be wrong to tag an entire race/group of people as terrorists because of the actions of a few unscrupulous elements that may be among them. Well we must not forget that Mr Wole cannot just speak from the pit.

“I understand the sentiment behind his suggestions, but we need to be very careful not to criminalize an entire people just because of the criminal activities of a few.”

“Fulani herdsmen refers to a full tribe of men, a people – not a organization like Boko Haram. So to say that Fulani herdsmen should be proscribed just the way we proscribed Boko Haram is to fall into an error of conceptualization. It will be a conceptual error to categorise the Fulani herdsmen as an organisation,” he objected.

he insisted that “It does not belong to that organisational category because they are a full tribe of people. It would be wrong to tag a whole tribe as terrorists; he (Soyinka) will not be happy if, for example, the Yoruba race [are labelled] as terrorists because of some people who are committing some atrocities, or to tag Igbo people terrorists because of few Igbo persons committing atrocities.”

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