Kidnapping: Fulani are major victims – Gov Bagudu Atiku

The Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu has said the Fulani are also victims of kidnapping in the country.

Bagudu, however, stressed that Nigerians never get to hear the abduction of Fulani people.

The Governor, who spoke on Channels Television, lamented that Nigerians attribute all kidnappings to Fulani people.

Bagudu maintained that a lot of Fulani people were decent and peaceful residents who just want to make a living.

He said: “I have met with many Fulani communities in my state, who explained that they are also victims.

“They are the major victims of kidnapping and then the wider kidnapping that is conducted by other Fulanis and non-Fulanis, who have come to form criminal gangs.

“A lot of Fulani are naturally victims and they are pauperised by it.

“We don’t even hear their stories. We don’t hear their side. We just think they are complicit. They are not. Majority of them are peaceful and decent people, seeking to make a living.”

In the past few years, the Fulani have been linked to violence and crime in Nigeria.

Crisis between herders and farmers across the country, banditry have also been linked to the Fulani tribe.

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