Following the widespread condemnation of the terrorist attack by Fulani Herdsmen in parts of Nigeria, the 19 Northern Governors reportedly held a meeting where they apparently defended the Fulanis at the expense of the victims of the Fulani herdsmen killings.
Basically, the Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, said it was an insult to consider Fulanis who engaged in such despicable acts as criminals. Shettima said according to various authoritative sources:
“We want to unequivocally condemn the recent killings in Enugu and other parts of the country. But we equally condemn the politicization or permit me, the ‘ethinicisation’ of the whole crisis.“It goes beyond Fulani. If anything happens, they say Fulani herdsmen. To me, it is an insult. Kidnapping in this country originated in the Southeast, were they called Igbo kidnappers? We have a great national challenge and we want to call on all and sundry to come and let us solve our common challenges as a people, because the blood of paternity that binds us together supersedes whatever differences that might divide us.” – Kashim Shettima.