How we brought in Fulani militias from Mali, Sierra Leone, Senegal, others to win 2015 election — Kawu Baraje
Revelations have started to be made on how Nigeria got itself into the current high level of insecurity in the country.
Abubakar Kawu Baraje, a former chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) on Monday traced the origin of the current insecurity in the country to the influx of Fulani from neighboring countries like Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Niger and Chad brought into the country for election purposes in 2015.
He said this in Ilorin as part of activities to mark his 70th birthday anniversary
He also backed self-help initiatives of the South West governors, stating that responses of Sunday Igboho to the herdsmen menace were necessary because the Federal Government failed in its principal responsibility to secure life and property
On the recent moves by some ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) governors to woo former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Baraje said that the ruling party was only wasting its time.
Baraje, who once served as the party’s national secretary and chairman of the breakaway faction of PDP, said the Fulani men causing havoc in the country are not aboriginal to Nigeria.
“We are not asking the right question on how the same Fulani we have been living with suddenly turned out a menace.
“We also must ask how they had access to their guns,” the ex-party chairman asked.
Baraje said that the Fulani men wreaking havoc in the country are not the Nigerian Fulani.
“The security agencies have not been open about the nature of the problem.
“They have made arrests. Why haven’t they told the public who the terrorists are?” asked Baraje.
According to him, the Fulani causing security problems in the country were brought in to help facilitate victory in the 2015 election.
“After the election, the Fulani have refused to leave. I and other like minds wrote and warned those we started APC with that this was going to happen but nobody listened,” he explained.