A Chieftain of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Testimony Onifade, has said the activities of the killer herdsmen in recent time suggested they have godfathers.
Onifade, a Special Assistant to the CAN Vice President, Rev Supo Ayokunle, said the herdsmen could not be carrying AK 47 and other sophisticated riffles without the connections of highly placed people.
He stressed that government must ensure the arrest and prosecution of their sponsors to tackle the problem.
Onifade spoke in Igede Ekiti on Saturday during a Baptist Church of Nigeria special programme.
He said, “What the Fulani herdsmen used to carry are sticks and cutlasses, but today they paraded AK 47, where did they get it?
“Their actions in recent time were barbaric and wicked. I can read political, tribal and ethnic colourations to the way they acted.
I want to believe that President Muhammadu Buhari despite being a Fulani man cannot support such madness and he shouldn’t also keep quiet.
“But if he decided to keep quiet for too long, we in the CAN will call him to order because no ethnic group has monopoly of violence.
“How can any Fulani enter a farmland with his cattle and destroy valuable crops? And when you complain they beat you up or kill you. This is highest point of barbarism that must be stopped,” he said.