Miyetti Allah, S/W Govs meet in Akure over herdsmen, farmers’ crisis

Miyetti Allah, S/W Govs meet in Akure over herdsmen, farmers’ crisis

The leadership of the Miyetti Allah is scheduled to hold a meeting on Monday, January 24, with the South-West Governors’ Forum.

This comes as the seven-day ultimatum issued by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, to herdsmen to vacate the state’s forest reserves expires.

1st News gathered the meeting would hold in Akure, the state capital.

Sources revealed the meeting with the Miyetti Allah was meant to find lasting solutions to the incessant killings; kidnapping; and also crises between herdsmen and farmers in the region.

Confirming the meeting on Sunday, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo said the meeting would hold by 12:00 noon on Monday (today).

Governor Akeredolu had last week ordered that the herdsmen should vacate all the forest reserves in the state.

He also banned under-aged grazing; night grazing; and movement of cattle along the highways as well as within the cities in Ondo State.

Meanwhile, 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?”

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