The National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore socio-cultural organisation, Abdullahi Bodejo has boldly declared that any Governor who desires peace to reign in his state, must provide lands for cattle grazing with basic amenities to sustain the herdsmen.
Abdullahi made this declaration while speaking with newsmen during an interview. Abdullahi said so many Governors have attached politics to RUGA, enacting the anti-grazing laws to make life difficult for herdsmen.
In his words, “We have grazing routes and grazing reserves and if Nigeria wants to solve the herdsmen and farmers clashes once and for all, you are a governor and you want to enjoy peace in your state, you don’t need any long meeting, just create a particular area for the Fulani and equip them with modern amenities. Instead of doing this, they are playing bad politics with Fulani”.
“Since when the Ruga started, I’m yet to see any, except the efforts being made by the Zamfara State governor. No other governor is doing anything about it; it is still politics. “Look at the support given to rice farmers through anchor borrowers programme; it is running into several billions of naira, and yet there is nothing for the Fulani business”.
“Some people are saying cattle rearing is a private business, but about 99 percent of the cows we are eating in this country are from Fulani. States are making revenues from cows. For example, in Lagos, over 6,000 cows are killed daily and the state government is making so much money from that and that is the way it is in other states of the country”.
“These governors are not serious, that is why they are talking about anti-grazing laws; they are not serious in maintaining peace in their state; they are not serious in carrying everybody along”.
“They want to politicise the Fulani issue. See how they are criminalising the Fulani man; these people they arrested for criminal activities are not Fulani, some of them have learnt Fulani languages and people say they are Fulani”.
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media