The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday said herdsmen, who kill in whatever guise, are criminals and must be treated as such.
The Sultan, who asked the Federal Government to prosecute killer herdsmen without further ado, maintained that the frequent clashes between farmers and herders were not ethno-religious.
The foremost monarch made these remarks at the opening ceremony of the 2-Day Annual Pan- African Northern Groups Summit on Security, Socio-economic and Political Development.
Speaking at the summit, Abubakar III urged Nigerians to stop mistaking what he said was “the devilish act of the killer herdsmen”, as a Fulani or Muslim community agenda in Nigeria.
“There are very terrible herdsmen who kill but they are acting on their own, they are criminals and they must be treated as criminals. The federal government should prosecute them”, he said.