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Nigerian Governors, Miyetti Allah agree open grazing must end    

Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) on Monday agreed that “free-range grazing must be stopped. ”The NGF and MACBAN also resolved that night grazing should be banned henceforth, and that a standing committee be constituted in each state to ensure a harmonious relationship between herders and farmers.

These are part of the decision taken at a meeting of governors with MACBAN leadership and security agencies on “the emerging security challenges in the Southwest”. The meeting was held in Ondo, Akure, the state capital.

The meeting came after the expiration on Monday of the order given by Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for herders to register or vacate the state’s forest reserves.

Chairman of the NGF Dr. Kayode Fayemi presided over the meeting attended also by the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF), Alhaji Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi State), Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun), Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and Alhaji Abdulkadir Badaru (Jigawa).

The MACBAN team was led by the National President, Alhaji Muhammadu Kirowa. Security chiefs at the meeting were led by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 11, Olufemi Agunbiade.

A part of the communiqué reads: “That free-range grazing must be stopped to avoid conflicts between farmers and herders.

“Strengthening alternative security arrangements and making them complementary to the mainstream security agencies in Nigeria should be encouraged.

“MACBAN should embrace and be committed to modern breeding process by creating grazing reserves and practicing ranching to prevent cattle roaming about.

“Standing committee comprising of farmers, MACBAN and the government should be set up in each state (where they don’t exist) to ensure synergy and result.

“We must create economic opportunities for our people and reduce opportunities for criminalities in our country.”

“The order of the Ondo State governor was misconstrued and misrepresented by a section of the media. He only ordered those occupying the forest reserves in Ondo State illegally to quit.

“The meeting agreed that criminals should be apprehended and punished, no matter their origin, class, or status, and that security agencies … must step up their efforts in the fight.

“There is the need to build a partnership for peace and security with MACBAN and jointly wage war against criminality.

“No one had sent anyone away from any state or region but all hands must be on deck to fight criminality.

“MACBAN is a peace-loving, law-abiding organisation which does not habour or condone criminals.”

The governors and the association pledged commitment to the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria. They described insecurity as a national challenge that it is not peculiar to any tribe or region.

The meeting also agreed that “underage herding be banned” because it “is inimical to security.” It agreed that occupation of the Ondo State forest reserves is illegal and condemnable.

It was learnt that the extension of the deadline given to the herders to quit the Forest Reserves, was not discussed at the meeting.

Many of the herders staying in the forest are already leaving in droves.

Although the meeting was called by Southwest governors, the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) showed interest because of the sensitivity of the matter.

“That was why governors Bagudu and Badaru came to attend and Fayemi, the NGF chairman, presided over the meeting, instead of Akeredolu, who is the Southwest governors forum chairman.

The meeting noted that “MACBAN also suffers insecurity and kidnapping and thus desire peaceful coexistence.”

It assured that the association was ready for any peaceful move by the states to engender security.

Fayemi had during the meeting urged MACBAN members not to have any fears of doing their legal business in any part of the country.

He reminded them that there were laws that must be obeyed and called for partnership in providing security for peace, progress and development of the country.

He said there was the need for all stakeholders to be tough on crimes and criminality which, according to him, members of MACBAN were also victims.

The governor reiterated that there was no eviction order for Fulani herdsmen in Ondo State or any part of the Southwest.

He said Akeredolu only directed that herders at government forest reserves must register or quit such areas.

Akeredolu explained that he never gave herdsmen ultimatum to leave the state.

He said it was the duty of herders to provide information to security agencies.

He said: “We have a duty to our people and everybody in the state. Can any governor ask anybody to leave the state? This is Nigeria. We have registered over 70, 000 farmers and they pay every year. If you are going to go there(forest reserves), then register.

“You owe a duty to pass information. Criminals should not be able to fester. We must protect our people. We will not play to the gallery. We can fight the security challenges together if we are prepared.

“Let us work together and flush out criminals. I have been under serious pressure. When the pressure is on us, it is as if we are doing nothing. Let us help ourselves. It is your duty to point them out.”

Governor Bagudu, who backed Governor Akeredolu’s order, said: “You cannot go and occupy somebody’s house without permission from him.”

He blamed the tension generated by the Ondo State governor’s order on improper communication and stressed the need for herders and security agencies to work together to check the activities of criminals.

The PGF chairman also called for Federal Government’s support for herdsmen to enable them embrace modern ranching.

He said: “Some of the tension we saw in the last week would have been needless. Media is a partner in progress. If we continue to cause agitation in our land, we compound our problems. The Fulani are pastoralists. Criminals, bandits, and other forms of crimes are visited on these hapless people who just want to live in peace.

“A lot of the complains that come from the DPOs (Divisional Police Officers) are from the Fulani either whose child has been kidnapped or cattle rustled.

“A criminal is a criminal. They have agreed to work with security agencies to fish out kidnappers and drug peddlers so that we can defeat the enemies of progress.”

Governor Makinde who advised that security should not be politicised, said those escalating the issues could not even run their families.

He said: “When people talk you wonder if they had done any kind of comparison with what has happened elsewhere in the world. We will not use criminality to solve another criminality.

“The intended consequences of such an action cannot be predicted. We will continue to encourage our people to work together to face the common enemy—the criminals, bandits and kidnappers.

“We will ensure we go after criminals. We will continue to promote good neighbourliness among our people.

The governor called on all stakeholders to work together to chase criminals out of Kisi area in Oyo State.

The MACBAN boss, Alhaji Kirowa, who pledged his members readiness to expose criminals, said herders were also victims of crimes

He specifically mentioned the latest incidents in Igangan (Oyo State) and the alleged kidnap of the son of one Alhaji Giye who resides in Gose, Akure North Local Government of Ondo State.

Kirowa also claimed that 10,000 pastoralists had been killed due to clashes with farmers and over five million cows lost by their members to criminals.

He called on governments at all levels to sanction the perpetrators of such acts against MACBAN members and provide immediate palliatives to the families that lost their loved ones and properties.

Kirowa clarified that Serikis- Fulani were appointed by traditional rulers in their respective states to make it necessary for them to work together.

He said a traditional ruler could remove any Seriki Fulani and direct Fulani herders to stop night and underage grazing.

The MACBAN leader added: “We are against the senseless acts of banditry and kidnapping across the country. We are directing members of our state executives to work with constituted security outfits.

“The security outfits must be designed to work with, all stakeholders as this will engender inclusiveness and peace.

“We are open to working with the forum (NGF) in designing what we think can work in solving these problems. We condemn all sorts of criminality, extrajudicial killings, and the impunity that is associated with it.

“Security agencies can testify how we work with them to arrest criminals.”

The Nation

Arewa Youths Reply Miyetti Allah: Fulani Own No Land In Nigeria

Following the statement made by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore that Fulani herdsmen own all the lands in Nigeria, the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF has reacted.

AYCF National President, Yerima Shettima insisted that nobody owns any land in Nigeria.

Speaking with newsmen, Shettima said the government owns all the lands in the country, contrary to the group’s remark.

Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, the group leader, had made the remark while insisting that no power can remove Fulani herdsmen from any forests in any state.

Bedejo was reacting to the seven-day ultimatum given to Fulani herdsmen in Ondo forests by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

Following the ultimatum which expired yesterday, Southwest governors had banned all forms of open grazing in the region.

Reacting, Shettima said: “That is a stupid talk, nobody own lands, the government owns them.

Ohaneze to FG: Call Miyetti Allah to order to avoid burning down Nigeria

The apex Igbo cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has told the Federal Government to call to order the Miyetti Allah, the umbrella body of Fulani herdsmen in the country, over their incessant unguarded and provocative statements and threats capable of setting the country ablaze.

In a press statement, Ohanaeze Ndigbo condemned the effrontery of Miyetti Allah in seeking a constitutional arrangement that would make them take over the security of the entire South East.

In a story that has gone viral, Miyetti Allah asked the Federal Government to make a constitutional provision that would enable them to take over security in the South East as a panacea to the nefarious activities of their fellow herdsmen in the region.

But reacting to the proposal, the leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing, Mr Arthur Obiora, frowned at the suggestion which he said was an affront to the youth of Igbo land.

Mr Obiora said that the suggestion implied that Ndigbo were incapable of guarding their place and that unless Miyetti Allah were allowed to have their way, the constant killings, raping and harassment of the people of Igbo land would continue unabated.

The Youth Wing Leader admonished the Miyetti Allah and warned that it has become apparent that the herdsmen are not prepared to coexist with their hosts for their mutual benefit, but to take over their land for the grazing of their cattle.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo wondered what fate would have befallen any Igbo organisation that dared to make such an infuriating, provocative and impetuous demand in the North.

The Youth Leader warned that since the Miyetti Allah was underrating the ability and capacity of Igbo youth to sufficiently man and protect their land from Marauders, they would henceforth ensure that any future flagrant breach of peace in Igbo land by anybody or group would be met with stiff penalties and reprisals.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo reiterated that while Ndigbo are committed to playing benevolent hosts to anybody or group that wants to do genuine business and coexist with the people, stiff penalties would henceforth attend any act of brigandage or callous acts from any quarters.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo said that it was the indifference of the Federal Government to the hideous activities of Fulani herdsmen in the country that gave the Miyetti Allah the audacity and unbridled arrogance to venture such a vituperation.

It called on the Federal Government to publicly denounce the call by the Miyetti Allah to prove its noncomplicity in the demand which could set the country ablaze.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo noted that while the county’s constitution guaranteed everybody free movement and residence anywhere, it doesn’t permit killings, harassment or intimidation by or on any group in any manner.

You don’t have monopoly for violence, Igbo National Council warns Miyetti Allah

The Igbo National Council (INC) has warned the Miyeti Allah its claimed plans and preparation to establish their security outfit across Nigeria.

INC in a statement said ‘that they should limit their operation only in North West Nigeria and should not make the mistake of encroaching into the territory of the Igbo Nation in Nigeria’, as any such move will mean their sailing on ‘the River that will sink their boat and cause regret to them’ .

The release, signed by Chilos Godsent (President INC) and Zulu Ofoelue (Secretary General) read further:

“Territories of the Igbo Nation in Nigeria remain a No-go-Area for any Jihadist Terrorist Organization that may want to embark in a terrorist expedition against Igbo Communities.

“We thus, reemphasize on our earlier stand that Miyeti Allah should know that no single tribe or ethnic group in Nigeria has a monopoly of violence against others. That the Igbo Race has chosen a peaceful approach to press for self-determination in Nigeria should not be construed as weakness.

“We therefore enjoin the Igbo Race in Nigeria to remain resolute and vigilant. The Igbo Race has never been known to be cowards.

“Finally, we wish to state explicitly that from now henceforth, any person or group that dare the Igbo Race, attack or attempt to invade any member of the Igbo Race or Igbo community anywhere in the world will regret the consequences of the singular act” .

NORTHERN MIGRATION: Our lives and security under threat, Igbo group cries out

The Igbo Patriotic Forum (IPF), a prominent socio-political organization, led by Chief Dr. Simon Okeke, OFR condemns in no uncertain terms, what it considers the unbridled and well orchestrated invasion of Igbo heartland by unidentified elements from the North.

In a press statement the group released in Abuja, the IPF,while affirming their belief in the unity of the country Nigeria and the constitutionally guaranteed free movement of people, they are alarmed that the present migration of thousands of young men from the North into the South generally and then South East in particular, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic not only poses a clear and present existential danger to the peace and security of Igboland but is also a dangerous threat to national unity. This is apart from being an utter violation of the clear guidelines on the freezing of interstate movements by people who are not on essential duties as proclaimed by President Muhammed Buhari and the national Covid-19 taskforce at the national level and all the state governors at the sub-national levels.

While IPF commend the efforts of the Federal and state governments in the diverse actions they have so far taken in curtailing the spread of the deadly Covid-19 contagion, including the robust regime of stoppage of interstate movement of people who are not on essential duties, we are alarmed that this protocol is observed in breach with regard to the inexplicable exportation of able bodied young men from the North to Igboland using various means of transportation and in the full glare of well-armed and positioned security and law enforcement agents. Most shocking too is that rather than apprehend these youth whose mission in Igboland are unknown, some security agents are alleged to be the ones facilitating their utter violation of extant laws and executive orders and pronouncements on the interstate movement of people”. Continuing, Chief Okeke, a former Chairman of the Police Service Commission, averred that “it is most worrisome that even with all the alarm being raised by concerned public spirited individuals and civil society and community-based organizations, the silence by the Covid-19 national taskforce led by the SGF Boss Mustapha, and the entire security parapheneilia of the country on this invasion of the Igbo heartland is not only deafening but frightening”.

The group, also expressed concern about the apparent lack of vigour on the part of elected Igbo officials of the Executive and Legislative branches in acting on behalf of the people they are meant to represent and serve but appear even tongue-tied in voicing out their displeasure on this clear breach of the safety, security and well-being of their people. In this regard the group urges the elected Igbo leadership collective- the state governors and members of the NASS South East caucus- not to appear unconcerned about the violation of Igbo geographic spaces by unknown young men from the North; to develop clear strategic thinking in relation to safeguarding the Igbo heartland from outside invasion; and to double up on their level of networking ability in rallying stakeholders on the best efficient options and means of curtailing this unbecoming situation”. The group thus called on Igbo governors, senators and members of the house of representatives to “wake up from their slumber and begin to provide the needed leadership in the area of regional security as they governors have just signalled they are committed to doing going by the resolutions of the just concluded meeting of the South East Governors Forum so as to stem the tide of the invasion of Igboland by Northern youth which is an ill-wind that will not favour anybody”.

While reaffirming its faith in the unity of the country and the freedom of citizens to move and live in patently orderly manner in any part of the country, IPF maintained that the Federal authorities and the security agencies owe Nigerians the obligation of matching words with action noting that “while the rhetoric of interstate lockdown is sweet music to the ears of all health and security conscious Nigerians, walking the talk is what is more important. Federal authorities and security agents can no longer pontificate over the curtailment of interstate movement and yet are complicit in aiding the invasion of Igboland by unidentified Northern youth. If they are not complicit now is the time for them to speak up loud and clear in condemning this illegality. Now is the time for them to act, to deploy the huge tools and formidable assets of Federal might and the power of its security apparatuses to stem this invasion, roll it back, detain all those who violate the law and hold accountable their sponsors and all others who are aiding and abetting this flagrant violation and abuse of valid legal protocols on the movement of people”. Now is the time to see our National Assembly Men and Women deploy their oratorial power at its best to save our states. Now is the time for our South East Governors to truly demonstrate that indeed they are the Chief Security Officers of their States. Governors take charge and protect lives and properties of your citizens from our Invaders. Failure to speak out or Act NOW means quiet acquiescence.

We will frustrate your efforts to occupy our land, MASSOB replies Miyetti Allah

The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) have said that they are ready to frustrate the plans of Miyetti Allah Fulani terrorists, in the South East and Niger Delta areas of the country.

MASSOB in a Press Statement sent to Jungle Journalist Media Limited
described the declaration of Miyetti Allah to set up a security outfit across Nigeria and occupy the South East/ Niger Delta areas (old Biafra territory) as a systematic agenda that President Muhammadu Buhari knows about and has given his blessing to.

The Statement also accused the Federal Government of using security forces and Fulani terrorists in the ‘implementation of the systematic agenda of President Buhari led federal government of Nigeria to forcefully islamize the citizens of Old Eastern Nigeria and Middle Belt regions’.

The tersely-worded Statement, signed by MASSOB leader Comrade Uchenna Madu read

“Miyetti Allah as the federal government recognized body regulating and overseeing the affairs and activities of the terrorist Fulani herdsmen and militias in Nigeria has overwhelming back up from President Buhari led federal government of Nigeria in implementing and complimenting the islamization agenda of the federal government of Nigeria.

“For the fulanis to boldly issue out this sacrilegious and abominable statements proves that the establishment of their security vigilantes are already in execution stage. They merely want to know the reactions of Igbo leaders which will always be the temporal noisemaking.

“No amount of the so called national peace talk or political cohesion hypocritically and subtly executed by the Fulani oligarchy will ever save this geographical expression called Nigeria from her imminent collapse.

“In the bias and shallow mind of President Mohammed Buhari, he thinks that he is executing the agenda of Othman Dan Fodio and his other Fulani ancestors in making Nigeria the permanent home country for the Fulani wanderers but not knowing that all his activities and primitive policies are speedily destroying Nigeria and helping our agitation for Biafra to gain more international and diplomatic attention and recognition.

“MASSOB wishes to reiterate our earlier resolution with other pro Biafra coalition that Fulani security vigilance services will never be tolerated in Biafra land. They should establish their vigilante services in their Fulani villages in Arewa land not in Biafra.

“It is only the indigenous people of the tribes that make up Biafra with the spirit of heroism that will always withstand President Buhari’s foot soldiers called Fulani herdsmen and militias. The people of Biafra are ever ready to defend and protect our land, lives and properties with every available means and methods.

“President Buhari and his Fulani Service Chiefs can never subdue or defeat the people of Biafra. The technological experiments of Nigeria Biafra war of 1967— 1970 can never be compared with the modernized technology of today.

“President Buhari and his Fulani herdsmen should know that their British back up and Islamic countries alliances against the people of Biafra and middle belt Christians will never withstand Biafra’s diplomatic relationship, sympathies and accord with super nations of the world that are more advanced in modern technologies than Arabs countries”, Madu stated.

COVID-19: Our cattle business dead because Igbos no longer hold big ceremonies, Miyetti Allah laments

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN) has attributed the low sales of their cows in the South-East to the Coronavirus pandemic.

It lamented that the lockdown which was put in place to contain the spread of the pandemic has crippled glamorous ceremonies like burial and marriage ceremonies that the South-East spend huge amount of money to buy cows for.

Addressing journalists in Awka on Wednesday, the South-East MACBAN Chairman, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, said: “The Coronavirus Disease outbreak is seriously affecting our business, we no longer sell cows like we used to because people no longer celebrate marriages and burials like before. These are some of the events that give us sales.

“Again, cows have become expensive due to high cost of transportation; our volume of sales has gone down very much.”

The MACBAN Chairman regretted that many of his members were not adhering to rules to avoid contracting the disease even after they had been tutored on its dangers.

Sidikki added: “I and members of my leadership take the awareness message to them where they are in the bush and also tell them that we have to join hands with other people to eradicate this virus which is threatening our business.”

While calling on its members to obey the guidelines provided by health authorities and government, he urged Muslims to relate harmoniously with everyone irrespective of the creed in the spirit of lesson learnt in the cause of Ramadan.

He added: “I want to use this opportunity to thank the people of South-East, especially their governors, for the cordial relationship that exist between my members and their host communities.”

Sidikki further thanked South-East governors and the people of the zone for giving them the enabling environment to do their business.

Culled from News Express (except headline)

CAN Demands Arrest of Miyetti Allah Leaders

Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked the federal government to immediately re-organise the headship of the country’s security agencies to ensure that they are not dominated by persons of one religion and same section of the country.

The CAN also called on the government to desist from sending official representations to meetings of international Islamic organisations.

The religious body has also urged the federal government to either label the Miyetti Allah Fulani Association a terrorist organisation or order the arrest of its leadership and prosecute them for all the killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau and Taraba states, among others.

The leadership of CAN also said that it has directed all its state chapters nationwide to honour all innocent victims of terrorists and religious-motivated killings in the country by observing a three-day fasting and prayer from December 31, 2019, to February 2, 2020, in all state capitals and Abuja.

The President of CAN, Rev. Samson Supo Ayokunle, told a press conference yesterday that Christians have suffered greatly over the years with little or no effort by the federal government to arrest and prosecute the culprits. Ayokunle said that onslaughts by the insurgents and other bandits have made the lives of Christians very unsafe and miserable.

He described the situation as clearly reprehensible and unacceptable and accused the federal government of not doing enough to stop the killings and abductions of Christians in the country, adding that there was no doubt that Christians were the major targets of the killing expedition of the monstrous insurgents over the years.

Lawyer sues FG Over ₦100 bn For Miyetti Allah

A petition has been filed by the Federal High Court, Abuja, against the federal government to stop the latter from disbursing the N100 billion promised the Miyetti Allah by the ministry of interior. The petition was filed by human rights lawyer, Malcolm Omirhobo, who sued in the name of the board of incorporated trustees of Malcolm Omirhobo Foundation in an ex-parte.

He urged the court to hold that the federal government or the ministry of interior has no constitutional right to release money without recourse to budgetary allocation, The Guardian reports.

Omirhobo argued that that kind of money could go a long way in building schools, roads or even distributed among indigent Nigerians to start up small businesses.

The suit has the federal government, the attorney general of the federation, the minister of interior, the National Assembly, the inspector general of police and accountant general of the federation as respondents.

Justice Ojukwu held that the country’s resources could not be allotted unnecessarily, hence the need for the federal government to come to court and explain why the plaintiff’s application should not be granted. She adjourned the two suit to September 30, 2019 for hearing of the motion on notice and originating summons.