Fulani herdsmen have begun soliciting employment opportunities into Yoruba initiated security outfit, Operation Amotekun.
The security outfit, Amotekun was launched to combat banditry which has become rampant in South-western states of the nation.
One of such cases, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, leader of Pan-
However, Fulani herdsmen under the aegis of Jamu Nati Fulbe association have called on state government asking for inclusion in the operation
Alhaji Abdulkadir Salihu, President of the group and Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, who claimed herdsmen have also been victims of banditry offered to be a part of the project.
Salihu who fears the operation is targeted at herdsmen, asked the government to involve them in Amotekun to prove the security outfit is not a witch-hunt for cattle rearers resident in southwest states.
“We were not carried along as a community which is part and parcel of the South-West. Most of us who live in this community have been here for more than 40, 50 years,” he added.
Salihu said it was wrong for anyone to say Fulani herdsmen are behind banditry attacks. He stated crime was not limited to a particular tribe saying “We have criminals everywhere.”
However, he said the idea was a welcome development provided it was genuinely initiated to tackle insecurity.