Miyetti Allah advocates restructuring, wants Fulani to secede from Nigeria

Miyetti Allah advocates restructuring, wants Fulani to secede from Nigeria

The Miyetti Allah herdsmen group has implored the Federal Government to heed the call for the restructuring of the country to allow the Fulani to go their way.

This was contained in a statement issued by the National Secretary of the group, Saleh Alhassan, in an interview on Saturday, January 23.

According to the Miyetti Allah spokesman, herdsmen were being marginalised in the country; and that it was best if they were on their own where they would be protected.

1st News had reported there have been repeated calls for the restructuring of the country, with many southern groups insisting that it was the only way the country could move forward; while northern groups have largely been divided on the issue.

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However, Alhassan stated that it was wrong to punish a group of people for the sins of some.

He said, “We don’t support crime. So, I’m not saying there are no Fulani that are criminals, there are, like other tribes; but don’t destroy their profession. It’s not good for the country. If everything busts, it’s to the advantage of the herders because we are not even enjoying the federation.

“We are even bidding for the restructuring of the country; let every part go, so we can say this is where we are. As it is now, there is no form of marginalisation we are not seeing in this country.

“Everywhere we are being marginalised. You think we will accept Nigeria where we don’t have access to land to feed our animals and you think there will be peace?”

When asked if he thinks restructuring would solve the herders/farmers crisis, he said, “Quite fundamentally. If we leave today now and if there is no oil revenue, won’t they pay attention to animal rearing?

“If we restructure the country and the South-West region says they won’t accept cattle; unless they are brought to the market or supermarket, it’s okay by us.

The Miyetti Allah said further that the government’s refusal to address the issue of land management; which he said is at the root of the crisis, had been fuelling the crisis.

There has been tension in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State on Friday when a Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Igboho, reportedly stormed the Fulani settlement in the town to eject the Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir.

According to Igboho, the herdsmen are the cause of the present insecurity in the region.

Alhassan added, “Government needs to be careful; and the real issue at stake is basically that of land resource management.

“These herders don’t have land and they do their business on land resources; and we have a lot of land in this country. What we are saying is that the government should create an alternative for them.”

Alhassan however warned that further attacks on the herdsmen might be pushing them into rebellion.

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