Forum urges Buhari to halt influx of herders
The influx of Fulani herdsmen from other countries into Nigeria has become a source worry to Southern, Middle Belt Forum (SMBLF); hence it urged President Muhammadu Buhari to heed the call of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State to halt it.
Ganduje, who had canvassed that movement of the herders always lead to destruction of lives, cautioned that the nomadic herdsmen move with dangerous weapons causing conflicts in the North and the nation at large.
The forum quoted Ganduje, who is of the same ethnic stock with the herders, as saying that movement of the herdsmen causes conflict and deaths.
SMBLF, in a statement yesterday signed by Yinka Odumakin (South West), Chief Guy Ikokwu (South East), Sen. Bassey Henshaw (South South) and Dr. Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt), described Ganduje’s demand as very sensible, which it identifies with, and urged Buhari to rise to the duty of his office to protect Nigerians.
The group rejected the statement of Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria sometimes (MACBAN) that the Fulani were free to stay anywhere in the country.
“We still have not come to terms with the declaration by the president last year that Africans were free to come to Nigeria and obtain visa on arrival, when himself once identified Ghadafi militia men as a bulk of the troublers of Nigeria under the guise of herding.
“It is also worrying that while the police have been troubling those who own licensed guns to come and return them, herdsmen who carry illegal sophisticated weapons like AK-47 roam free all over Nigeria.
“It took a whole nine months for the police to arrest some of the herdsmen who killed the daughter of Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti,” the group lamented.
According to the forum, the peace of Nigeria is currently under threat because of the activities of the herdsmen under whose roaming crimes of kidnapping, destruction of communities and killing of innocent people are taking place.
“We call on the president to rise to the duty of his office to protect all Nigerians and hearken to the call of Governor Ganduje to halt these movements and prosecute those who are committing crimes against humanity under the guise of herding,” it added.
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