The Fulani were at their most influential in Gobir.Then a dispute broke out between their Imam,Usumam Fodiyo,and Sarkin Gobir Yunfa.The Fulani rallied behind their leader,who encouraged them to defy their Hausa Chief.He began a jihad and fighting broke out.
Thus the Fulani seized the country by force against the will of those who lived there. The enmity had nothing to do with religion for among those who fought (against the Fulani) were many Muslims. It was about the Fulani’s wish to seize power from the Hausas.”
…………… T.R. Batten.