Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State has called for a dialogue to address the challenges facing Fulani herdsmen in the country.
Not all the Fulani herdsmen, according to him, are killers, as being portrayed in the public.
Bagudu speaking on the issue in Birnin Kebbi, said the reported killings by Fulani herdsmen, in some parts of the country, particularly in Zamfara, Benue and Nasarawa states, is for economic survival and has no religious undertone.
The governor explained that the proposed dialogue will proffer ways of assisting the herdsmen to change their lifestyles and pastoral practices to become the agents of economic change.
“It is important that we participate in a dialogue that would ensure that the pastoral, herdsmen issues are addressed. First, the issue is not a a religious issue; it is an economic issue. These people are risking their lives. It is high time their lifestyle be changed whether in Kebbi or in Benue State. So, I think it is now opt to all of us to help them. It is high time we helped them so that they can begin to enhance their lives, send their children to schools and be agents of economic change.
“Even among these Fulani, we have fishermen among them whose works are being threatened because of their old style of fishing and the current situation did not support that style now. It is time we started it in Kebbi so that other parts of the country can emulate us,” he said.