What I meant when I tweeted that anyone who kills a Fulani man takes a death payable in 100 years- Nasir El Rufai

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El Rufai, posted a controversial tweet in
2012 in which he said that any person, soldier or not, that kills a
Fulani person, takes a debt that is repayable in 100 years. Many found
his tweet inciting and called him out for it.

El-Rufai was a guest at
the Social Media Week in Lagos yesterday where he said that his tweet
was never a threat but rather a call that helped avert a major crisis.

“People
are making reference to what I tweeted in 2012. What did I tweet? I
tweeted that any person, soldier or not, that kills a Fulani, takes a
debt that will be repayable in 100 years. It is a statement of fact. It
is not a threat. It is not an incitement to violence and there is a
context to it. In 2012, the General Officer commanding of 5 divison of
the Nigerian Army in Jos, gave an instruction that it behooves on the
governor of Plateau state to wipe out two Fulani settlements just
outside Jos on the suspicion that they have weapons. This was reported
by the governor of Plateau state and the commander gave the order and I
heard about it. I called and said please don’t do that. Go and surround
the place and search for weapons. But that was not the objective. The
Objective was to remove them from the settlement because they are
settlers and people that think that that land is their ancestral land,
want to take the land. It is not because they had weapons. Now I know
the nature of the normadic Fulanis. My great great grand parents used to
be such people. If you kill any of them unlawfully, they organise to
take revenge no matter how long it takes. Now for me, the danger is that
if the Nigerian Army goes and wipes out a Fulani settlement, any person
wearing a Nigerian Army uniform in 14 West African countries is at risk
because these Fulanis may have relations in Mali, Ghana, Serria Leone,
Guinea, and word would go round that the Nigerian Army has created
genocide against the Fulanis and anywhere you see a person wearing a
Nigerian Army Uniform, is a target for retaliation and I warned the
commander that this will happen. He did not listen and that is why I put
it on the record so that when it starts happening, nobody would say he
was not warned. Ultimately because of that tweet, the commander
retracted his plan and they went and surrounded the settlement and
searched for weapons and found none. To me, what I did averted a
potential disaster but that is being put as if I tweeted something
inciting anyone. If you don’t believe what I tweeted, go and do what the
army wanted to do and see the consequences”he said

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