The Emir of Muri, Alhaji Abbas Tafida in Taraba State, has given 30 days ultimatum to nomadic herdsmen to leave his emirate.
He gave the ultimatum immediately after observing this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration in his emirate.
He said, “Our brothers the Nomadic herdsmen (Bororo) from neighbouring countries, you came to us to allow stay in our forest. We allowed you because are our brothers. When you came we welcomed you. We regarded you too as fellows Muslims.
“But the question you must answer is are you Muslims? This is a question we are waiting for an answer to. We deserve to know if you are Muslims.
“But if you are one of us (Muslims) and you decide to stay in the forest, coming only to kidnap us one by one for ransom, you should stop it because your attitude is not acceptable to Allah.
“But if you are not Muslims, I want to tell you, like we fought the infidels before, we are ready to fight you with all our strength.
“So I have given you (Bororo) 30 days to leave my emirate. If we see any one of you after the expiration of my ultimatum, we will kill him. I am calling on my subjects to know that and be ready to fight or else I will draw the line.
“Listen to me henceforth, any person who is found to be conniving with these criminals, we will go and kill his mother, and other siblings.
“For the police, we respect you to do your duty. If you arrest any kidnapper and set him free we are not going to accept that. Our armed youths will be directed to go after the kidnappers.
“There is no way we can not be free in our homes and worst we can not sleep with our two eyes closed. I am calling on Ardos (leaders of Fulani) to stop these barbaric acts in my emirate because you all know who are carrying out these criminals activities.
“I want to reiterate that any kidnapper that is set free by the security will not be spared. All those responsible for maintaining peace in my domain should come together to end the menace or we know what to do. Peace be upon you.”