Miyetti Allah Declares Secession
Following the governor’s decision to restrict open grazing, the Aiyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has urged for Fulanis to leave southern states immediately.
At the end of a meeting in Asaba, seventeen governors from the country’s southern regions issued a communiqué banning open grazing and nomadic pastoralism across the region.
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The meeting took place despite the participants’ political, ethnic, and religious divisions, with the main topics being insecurity caused by Fulani herdsmen attacks, banditry, and secession, among other things.
Fulani herdsmen have increased their attacks across the country, resulting in not only the loss of lives and property, but also increased risks to food security and national unity, with secessionist movements blaming Fulani tyranny.
The Bauchi State branch of MACBAN, on the other hand, criticised the governors’ decision on open grazing and urged Fulanis to leave the region.
“This is a straightforward computation. We’re on the verge of seceding. The rulers are no longer concerned with the people’s welfare. There is little more that can be done if certain people are prohibited from grazing in the open.
Fulani people should leave the area. It’s quite straightforward,” says the author. Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, Chairman of MACBAN, was reported by the Guardian as saying.
Mr Ahmed referred to the Fulani as “peace lovers,” stating that barbaric actions such as kidnapping, robbery, and banditry began in the country’s south.
“Do we have to transport the livestock there?” he said, adding, “I’ve mentioned it before. We can breed our cattle here if we want to (North). We are peace activists. Allow them to purchase from us. Some people are to blame.
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“Criminality began in the Deep South. The South was the birthplace of armed robbery and kidnapping. These have been on TV for a while now. And if these are being transported to the north,” the chairman added, criticising the federal government for failing to uphold the constitution.
“The governors of the south can do it. It’s not a problem; just let them do what they want. If the northern governors so desire (banning open grazing), they can do so as well…”
Mr Ahmed went on to call President Muhammadu Buhari a “figurehead” and demanded that he quit and be replaced by a leader.
“The President is there as a figurehead,” he explained. He has no idea what he’s doing. He isn’t in charge of anyone. Everyone in our country now does whatever he wants.
The country is already separating. Where is the central government if a group of governors can get together and make decisions that are contrary to the Constitution…?”
Mr. Ahmed went on to say that the only way to deal with insecurity is for the president to stand down or for Nigerians to come together and elect a credible president in 2023, one who is focused and competent.
Nigeria needs a leader who can lead by example and is willing to lay down his life for his people.”
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In response to the restriction on open grazing, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, the National Secretary of MACBAN, challenged the northern governors to meet with their southern counterparts and hammer out a solution that would be acceptable to all.
On Saturday, Mr Ngelzarma told The Nation, “We can’t disregard the unified demand of the entire administrations of the south on a particular topic.”
“If the governors of the South can agree on something, that suggests it’s a problem that needs to be addressed,” he said, adding, “In a case when the entire southern people is associated with a certain issue, I believe this issue deserves to be addressed.”
“However, the northern governors should meet with their southern counterparts to come up with a solution that is broadly acceptable,” he advised.
He went on to explain why over 400 inactive grazing reserves in the north need to be reactivated, noting, “Ranching is a long-term issue.” Why can’t we restore these grazing reserves that are currently dormant?
“As an association, we believe that pastoralist settlements are the only way to resolve the farmers/herders problems in the country.”
# Miyetti Allah Declares Secession