Zamfara organises festival for repentant Fulani bandits


As part of its peace agreement, the Zamfara state government have organized ‘Sharo’cultural festival for the repentant Fulani hoodlums.

The event which was last held eight years ago due to insecurity occasioned by banditry is a yearly event organised at the end of the Eid-el-Kabir festival.

Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, this year, invited the Fulani and the repentant bandits for the festival in fulfilment of the peace agreement the state government reached with the ex-bandits.

The event was well attended by top government functionaries, Fulani leaders, repentant where Fulani popular cultural activities were displayed.

The governor commended the reformed bandits and the Fulani leaders for accepting the peace initiatives brought up by his administration expressing delight that this year’s Eid-el-Kabir was celebrated without any killings in the state.

In his words, the governor said “I want to use this opportunity to thank my Fulani brothers for accepting the peace accord. This year’s Eid-el Kabir is the only one we witnessed where no live was lost as a result of banditry.”

He maintained that his administration would soon come out with welfare packages for the Fulani to enable them to live a decent life.

The state Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Ahmed Husaini, who commended the governor for allowing the Fulani to perform their cultural festival, assured him that the Fulani had agreed to abide by the peace pact.

Ahmed added, “All of us who are Fulani in Zamfara State are ready to ensure lasting peace in the state. We will support you (the governor) in your effort to move the state forward.”

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