The apex Fulani social-cultural organisation, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has rejected calls by majority of Nigerians, National Assembly and state governors for the sacking of the service chiefs over their inability to deal with the killings across the country.
The Secretary-General of the group, Saleh Al-Hassan said this during an interview on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Monday.
Mr. Al-Hassan claimed 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 crises 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.”
He also rejected suggestions that herdsmen from other countries should be prevented from grazing their cattle in Nigeria.
According to him, the ECOWAS free trade protocol guarantees free movement,” adding that herdsmen do not recognise international boundaries which he described as “colonial creations.
“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’t 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,” Al-Hasan added.
He insisted that the solution to the clashes between farmers and herdsmen remains ranching, which he said must be partly funded by the government and supported by all Nigerians.
Al-Hassan however regretted that every attempt by the Buhari government to establish ranches had been rejected by selfish politicians.
He blasted the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom for the anti-grazing law, claiming that it was Ortom’s men that were carrying out the killings.