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Miyetti Allah Tackles Ganduje Over Planned Relocation Of Herdsmen



Miyetti Allah Tackles Ganduje Over Planned Relocation Of Herdsmen

The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has slammed Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State for his position on the relocation of herders.

The Fulani herdsmen group also faulted the governor for calling for the ban on the movement of cattle from the North to the South.

Recall that in January, Ganduje had proposed a law banning the movement of cattle from one part of the country to another, adding that his administration was already constructing a settlement for herders in a forest in the state.

But in an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday, National Secretary of Miyetti Allah, Saleh Alhassan, described Ganduje’s statement as cheap political talk.

Alhassan mocked the governor by saying that putting such a plan in place is not as easy as “stuffing dollars” in one’s cloth.

He said, “Let him put in place the infrastructure. Kano is a semi-arid state. What has he provided even to the herders in Kano? Kano is a heavily cultivated area during the dry season. So, what alternative have you provided for the herders? It is not about cheap idle political talks. These are real issues.

“Like, I have the capacity to absorb 10,000 herders. This is what I have provided for them. This is where they will water their animals. This is where they will get their feeds. You don’t just come and say they should move to Kano. If they move to Kano, are they going to be in his government house? It is not stuffing dollars. I’m sorry to say that.

“The crisis of bandits in the North-West is because of some of the activities of the governors in the past. They put pressure on the herders. They lose their cattle. They have no business. Now, they have joined bandits. They are not spirits. They have reasons why they emerged. If you destroy grazing, you are going to create another problem. They destroyed their economy. They have no cattle and they got radicalised.

“Our members are peaceful herders. We have bandits; we have criminal elements in the forest. They are not necessarily herders. It is the responsibility of the security forces to identify the criminals, isolate them and deal with them according to the laws of the land. There are herders dwelling in the forest, doing their peaceful economic activities, which is cattle rearing.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.