The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore on Friday, November 12, issued its conditions to be met in order to end open grazing in Nigeria.
According to the Miyetti Allah, they are willing to quit open grazing; if the Nigerian government would make finance and logistics available for them to create alternatives.
This was contained in a statement issued by the group’s brand ambassador, Temitope Ajayi, who said this alongside officials of the association; while on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, in Abuja.
The Miyetti Allah noted that they can’t suddenly quit the age-long practice; because there is no alternative way yet to feed their cattle.
Ajayi added there was a need to re-orientate and change the mindset and perceptions of the Fulani herders; so as to end outdated practices of open grazing.
“There is a need to re-orientate and change the mindset and perceptions of the Fulani herders, farmers, and other entities in Nigeria, modernise cattle breeding and end outdated practices of open grazing and other nomadic activities; and bring them up to international best practice,” she said.
The herdsmen vowed to leave the farmlands as soon as ranches that are being proposed by some government officials; particularly southern state governors, are provided.
Meanwhile, the governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi has stated that Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the federation (AGF) and minister of justice, is supporting consultants and private firms to fleece Nigerians of their money.
Fayemi made this assertion during an interview with AriseTV on Thursday, November 11; while questioning why the AGF is in a hurry to pay the $418 alleged fee to the consultants; instead of waiting for the court decision.
“It is befuddling that the attorney general of the federation is pushing vehemently; on the side of people whose primary intent is to fleece the Nigerian people,” Fayemi said.
“One of the ways in which the Governors’ Forum at the time tried to address it was to call for all the cases that are in court; and all the claims that are been made by consultants and reviewed them.
“This information was passed to him and at the end of the day, $350 million was approved by Mr. President as full and final settlement and some of these funds went to people who are now back to the attorney-general claiming for ‘$419 million’.