The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Bauchi State chapter, has advised its members in the 17 Southern states to vacate the region.
Chairman of the chapter, Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed stated this while reacting to the total ban on open grazing declared by the Southern governors on Tuesday in Asaba, Delta State.
“This is a simple calculation. We are heading for secession. The rulers are no longer interested in the people. If some people are banned from open grazing, there is nothing more. Fulani people should move out from there. It is very simple.
“Must we transport the cattle there? I have said it before. We have an option of breeding our cattle here (North). We are peace lovers. Let them come and buy from us. It is some people’s fault.
“Criminality started in the South. Armed robbery, kidnapping. all started in the South. We have been watching these on television. And if these are being transited to the North, and you know we have a government that is not protecting the Constitution of the nation. Everyone takes laws into his hands.
“The Southern governors can do that. There is no problem, let them do what they want. If the Northern governors feel like, they can also do it too (banning open grazing)…,” Sunday Guardian quoted the Miyetti Allah chairman as stating.
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The Miyetti Allah boss said it was high time the Southern governors left Fulani herders and faced the criminals in the region.
“The President is there as a figurehead. He doesn’t know what he’s doing. He is not controlling anybody. In our country now, everyone does what he feels like. The country is already moving apart. Where is the central government, if some governors can meet and take decisions that are against the Constitution…?” he queried.
The MACBAN chairman noted that the only solution to the security challenges bedevilling the country was for the “President to step aside or for Nigerians to put heads together and elect a credible president in 2023, a leader with focus and competence. Nigeria should get a leader with a good example, who is ready to sacrifice his life for his subjects.”