He claimed that the governor’s decision to ban open grazing without consulting the Fulani leaders was incorrect.
Usman Yusuf, a Fulani man who is a Nigerian professor of hematology-oncology and bone marrow transplantation and alumnus of the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, expressed his dissatisfaction with the Southern governors’ meeting yesterday in Delta State, where they voted to prohibit open grazing in their regions, in an interview with Africa Independent Television on live television (AIT).
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Usman, who was dissatisfied with the development, said the Southern governors should not have gathered in a hotel room and passed laws for a certain group of people without consulting their representatives (Fulani leaders).
According to him, he asked, “Did any of the Fulani leaders consult?”
He quoted Mahatma Gandhi’s (1869-1948) common dictum, which says:
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“Anything you do with me but not for me, you are doing against me.”
He said that the governor made a mistake by banning open grazing without consulting Fulani leaders. This, he says, is a Nigerian government issue, in which laws are passed without public input.
Prof Usman continued, “They (Southern governors) should sit down with the people for whom they are making laws and take alternative measures to the laws they have enacted.” That, on the other hand, did not happen in any way.
Check out the video below:
Southern Governors made laws without consulting Fulani Leaders – Prof Usman Yusuf pic.twitter.com/CgVl8yYc7m
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The Southern governors met yesterday in Asaba, Delta State, to discuss the issue of insecurity, the need for restructuring, and the Fulani herdsmen crisis that has engulfed the area for the past few months.
On Tuesday, May 11th, 2021, at the conclusion of the Governors of Southern Nigeria meeting in Government House, Asaba, Delta State, a communiqué was released.
Insecurity has remained a major problem in the country, especially in the North East, and criminals have infiltrated the southern part of the country, murdering, stealing, and rapping women and young girls in various communities.
The governors of the South have urged the federal government to find a long-term solution to the issue, and have since established a backup security mechanism (Amotekun Corps and the newly formed Eastern Security Network, Ebubeagu) to tackle crime in the region.