Miyetti Allah reiterates calls for grazing reserve
The Miyetti Allah Kautal-Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural association, on Tuesday, December 18, called on the federal and state governments to secure grazing reserves across the country, to curb farmers/herders crisis.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that national president of the group, Alhaji Bello Badejo made the call in Sokoto during a courtesy visit to the Governor Aminu Tambuwal.
He said that most gazetted grazing reserves had been appropriated by farmers and should be retrieved by government.
According to him, “The federal government should bring back our grazing reserves, some are gazetted and some are not. We do not know the reason why the the government is delaying the preparation of the grazing reserves so that cattle herders can go back to their grazing areas.
“We have the national and the international cattle route, where are they now? This is because the government is not serious about the reserves.
“We are saying that if these ranches are in place, farmers and herders crisis would have been resolved most significantly.”
Badejo alleged that of recent, the National Economic Council gave Kaduna state government N5 billion to build ranches, which he claims are yet to be seen.
On politics, the fulani leader said the group has not endorsed any presidential candidate, because none of them has unveiled any agenda for herders.
He regretted that while the federal government have many intervention packages for farmers, including soft loans and distribution of fertilizer, nothing is done for the cattle herders.
“Endorsing any candidate is a very difficult position for the association to make, noting that President Muhammadu Buhari is Fulani and his main rival, Atiku Abubakar is also Fulani. What we want is just a solution to national problems, so that peace reigns,” he said.
Badejo flayed the media for its bias reporting of the crisis involving farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the country.
He reiterated that the false propaganda against the Fulanis would not address the problems, and stressed that the association is always ready be part of genuine efforts to end the recurring crisis.
Meanwhile, we had reported that the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural association, is preparing to decide on who to support between President Buhari and the former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, as the country prepares for the 2019 election.
The national president of the organisation, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, and its secretary, Engr Saleh Alhassan, said in Abuja, on Monday, December 11, that the group will decide soon.