The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has accused South-West governors of hampering the chances of the All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, in the upcoming 2023 presidential elections due to their alleged anti-herdsmen stance.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Miyetti Allah spokesman, Saleh Alhassan; who spoke on Wednesday, March 24; while featuring on PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable.
Of late, nomadic herders in parts of the country; especially in the South-West geopolitical zone, have been accused of trespassing on farmlands of host farmers with their cattle.
Governors in the zone under the aegis of the South-West Governors’ Forum; chaired by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, have come up with many proposed solutions; including the prohibition of open grazing, night grazing, under-age grazing, amongst others.
In the statement, the former Lagos State governor urged state governments to convert unoccupied public lands to ranches for herdsmen.
Reacting to the proposed idea by Tinubu as a way of solving the near-perennial farmers-herders crisis rocking the nation: the Miyetti Allah spokesman lauded the idea; but said the country was not yet ready to embrace or implement “progressive solutions”.
Alhassan said, “I sympathise with him (Tinubu); because if he says more than what he is saying, they will say may be he is pushing for his presidential ambition. That is why he takes time before he even responds; but I expected him to call all his political godsons —who are governors — that are causing this confusion to order. He should call them and say, ‘Hey, when I become president, I will solve this problem for us;’ (and) not to create problem for him, for his ambition.”
When asked whether the farmers-herders crisis could affect the political ambition of Tinubu; Alhassan alleged, “When you have a group of people attacking citizens; does it translate to political love? When you have the supposed Amotekun joining militants to attack traders in Shasha (in Oyo State), burn their properties; does it give a good political value to whoever wants to get support from those people?”