Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar stated that the act of crime is everywhere.
The Sultan stated this at the 2019 Ulefunta public lecture while making a keynote speech in Akure, Ondo state.
The claim that some of the Fulani’s are behind the crisis occurring in the north-west region is been seen as a misconception by Sa’ad Abubakar.
In his words: “The criminalisation of ethnicity and the ethnicisation of criminality, which we seem to relish and promote, will not benefit anyone.”
“The fact of the matter is that there are criminals in every ethnic group and in every nationality. It is a human trait, not an ethnic trait. Some of this criminality is economic related and will abate once we create jobs and prosperity.
“I should not take this opportunity to call on the traditional institutions, the custodians of culture and values, the bedrock of continuity and resilience to raise our voice together against denigrating our diversity and criminalisation of ethnicity.
“The globe is shrinking and the forces of globalisation already unleashed are more powerful than any one country, much less an ethnic group. We are all irresistibly drawn into a future with common cyber platform, common market and common destiny. It is therefore very important that the current strife among ethnicities is not going to benefit anybody, as it is counter-productive.”
He, however, pleaded with traditional leaders and institutions to make efforts to bring an end to the inter-ethnic conflict as well as making sure titles are given on merit.
Deji of Akure, Ogunlade Aladelusi and other traditional and political leaders in the state were in attendance.