The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has organised the Sharo Cultural Festival for repentant Fulani bandits as part of a peace treaty to the herdsmen that have accepted amnesty.
The Sharo Fulani Festival is a yearly event organised at the end of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations but was last held eight years ago in 2011 as a result of the insecurity that has since plagued the state.
Barely months after the governor, Matawalle, reached a peace pact with a group of Fulani herdsmen, he invited them along with other Fulani people to the festival in order to demonstrate the reconciliation his government has reached with the ex-fulani herdsmen.
According to sources, the Sharo festival recorded over 30,000 persons in attendance and some government officials graced the event to witness popular cultural activities that were displayed and also enjoy assorted refreshments.
The governor further commended the reformed bandits as well as the Fulani leaders for accepting the peace agreement planned by his administration, while noting that this year’s Eid-el-Kabir was celebrated without any killing or kidnapping in the state. He also promised to come up with welfare packages for the Fulani people to enable them lead a decent life.
“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,” the governor said.