‘Zamfara Is The Epicentre of Cattle Rustling And They Are 100% Muslims’ – Minister Of information, Lai Mohammed Rubbishes Claims That Killings Have Religious Motive
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has moved to squash the insinuations that the recent killings by suspected herdsmen are carried out with a vendetta against a particular religion.
Reports that the herdsmen have specific targets with the motive of killing Christians have been bandied around recently. Such that the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo promised to resign from his position if it is found to be true.
However, taking the line of discrediting the rumours, Alhaji Mohammed pointed out that there have also been killings in Zamfara and Kebbi states where the majority of those affected are Muslims.
The Minister said this while answering questions on the state of the nation at a Town Hall Meeting organized by the Federal Government in Abuja.
Furthermore, he noted that the crisis which has now grabbed the attention of the international community is one that has turned former neighbours to bitter enemies but the motive is unknown yet.
As gathered by NIGERIA NEWS, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said: “For those who might be tempted to view the clashes between farmers and herdsmen from the ethno-religious prism, I will cite two instances to debunk such postulation. Zamfara state is probably the epicentre of cattle rustling in Nigeria.
“Those who rustle cattle are Muslims. The owners of the cattle they rustle are Muslims. Both groups most likely belong to the same ethnic group.
“Then, there is the case of Kebbi state, where 70 percent of those who are in jail are there due to the clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
“The farmers whose crops are eaten by cows are Muslim Fulani, and the herders whose cows eat the crops are Muslim Fulani, same religion; same ethnicity.
“Yet, clashes still occur, to such a level that people land in jail. I have cited these examples so that we can be open to interrogating the real causes of the incessant clashes that have captured national and international attention and turned former neighbours to bitter enemies so that together we can help to evolve a lasting solution to this crisis.”