The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Socio-Cultural Association has expressed strong opposition against the alleged criminalization of herders’ activities through the implementation of anti-open grazing law by some state governors, stating that it is “wicked and repressive.”
This was even as the group called on the current Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, and state governors to, as a matter of urgency, provide alternative resettlements in rural areas for pastoralists instead of threatening to ban their means of economic livelihoods.
The call was made in a communique that came shortly after its 2023 annual general meeting, jointly signed by the National President, Alh Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, the National Secretary, Engr. Saleh Alhassan, and the National Deputy President and Chairman Communique Drafting Committee, Amb. Mansur Abdulkarim, held, on Monday, in Karu, Nasarawa State.
According to them, Delegates view the continuous policies of segregation by some state governors seeking to criminalize the economic livelihoods of Pastoralists through the enactment of obnoxious laws- Anti-apen Grazing Law’ as the most wicked act any government can do to the economic interest of Fulani Pastoralists and unanimously condemned and totally reject the repressive and oppressive laws and called on the National Assembly to come to the rescue of the Pastoralists On the insecurity ravaging our communities.
Furthermore, the socio-cultural organization said it would establish a vigilante group to operate nationwide, as part of its contribution to join in the fight against banditry, and kidnapping among others.
Also, they called on the Inspector General of Police, IGP, to take proactive actions towards protecting the Fulani pastoralists across the country, calling on the country to eschew violence and embrace the spirit of brotherhood.