President Buhari Fears To Act, As Miyetti Allah Blows Hot Again, Rejects Calls For The Immediate Sack Of Service Chiefs, Lands Governor Samuel Ortom In Deep Trouble

By Post-Nigeria: July 3, 2018 07:59

President Buhari Fears To Act, As Miyetti Allah Blows Hot Again, Rejects Calls For The Immediate Sack Of Service Chiefs, Lands Governor Samuel Ortom In Deep Trouble

The apex Fulani Social-Cultural Organisation, Miyetti Allah, has rejected calls for the sack of Service Chiefs.

The Secretary-General of the group, Saleh Al-Hassan, said this during an interview on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme.

Recall, that a large section of Nigerians, including the National Assembly, and Governors, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Service Chiefs, for failing to protect the lives of Nigerians.

However, Al-Hassan revealed that those calling for the sacking of the Service Chiefs, “are corrupt politicians”.

He said: “We have documented 411 innocent pastoralists killed just in Southern Kaduna, for nothing. We have documented all the crisis, but because we want peace and want to promote the culture of peace and forgiveness, hoping that our neighbours will continue to allow us to do our business.

“But the issue of arms and light weapons is a security one. I believe they (Security Agencies) are on top of it. With the arrests they are making, we must acknowledge the efforts Security Agencies have put in, trying to contain criminality in this country.

“That is why people calling for the removal of Service Chiefs, are either the corrupt Politicians, or the ones working for them. We should not fall for that gambit.”

Al-Hassan also rejected suggestions that herdsmen from other countries should be prevented from grazing their cattle in Nigeria.

He noted that the Economic Community of West African State, ECOWAS, “free trade protocol, guarantees free movement”, adding that, herdsmen do not recognise international boundaries, which he described as “colonial creations”.

Al-Hassan continued: “You cannot just opt out of a protocol that is integrating the African continent. The pastoralist movement is not for picnics. They go there to access land resources. Also, these boundaries that you have are colonial boundaries.

“Some of them (boundaries) don not mean anything to the herders. So, what we need to do is to domesticate the ECOWAS protocol, begin to enforce it and then we create grazing reserves for trans-human pastoralists.”

He stated that the solution remains ranching, which must be partly funded by the government, and supported by all Nigerians.

Al-Hassan lamented that every attempt by the Buhari government to establish ranches had been rejected by selfish Politicians.

His words: “Policies aimed at solving these problems are strongly resisted.
Attempts were made to put up a Commission for grazing reserves, to see how it can be done, but it was shut down at the National Assembly. The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, has been trying all his efforts to see that solutions are brought to the table, but people read political motive to it and killed the policies.

“Today, we have a national livestock development plan that is well articulated, but the same people saying we should ranch our cows, are now saying they will not accept ranches, so what are we talking about? So, we must understand the socio-political undercurrents.”

He lambasted Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, for initiating the anti-grazing law, adding that, most of the arrests by Security Agencies, showed it was Ortom’s men that were carrying out the killings.

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