Crime

Herdsmen Have Lost 3M Cattle, Miyetti Allah Says, Meets With Dalung To Tackle Challenges

The leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) at the level of the states and national converged in Abuja in Sunday to find lasting solutions to the challenges facing the group, after claiming to have lost 3 million cattle to rustlers and kidnappers.

While addressing newsmen at the National Mosque Auditorium, the venue of the meeting, MACBAN National Secretary Baba Ngelzarma said the conference would evolve strategies to improve the well-being of herdsmen.

Alhaji Baba Ngelzarma said herdsmen were at the receiving end of all the crises, adding that they had lost more than three million cattle to rustlers and kidnappers.

Alhaji Ngelzarma said most people now erroneously regard the Fulani as criminals as a result of the security challenges in the country.

According to Ngelzarma, herdsmen are not spared; they are also attacked and their livestock rustled by bandits and terrorists.

“Who are the owners of the cattle being rustled? They are the herdsmen/pastoralists. So we are at the receiving end of all the crises,” he insisted.

He also claimed that the Kogi forest was dominated by Fulani herdsmen who, he claimed, were chased out from states in the Southeast, yet the state has remained one of the most peaceful in the country.

“So this goes to show that not all Fulani are criminals. Therefore, profiling the entire Fulani ethnic group as criminals because of the criminal activities of a few is injustice,” he lamented.

“The tenure of the current executive of MACBAN would expire in April. In the next two months the association would elect new executives.

“We come and go after every four years, now there is going to be an election that will be organised under the leadership and instruction of the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the association, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III,” he announced.

Earlier, a former Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Solomon Dalung, urged the leadership of MACBAN to open up the frontiers and accommodate stakeholders who believed in the unity of Nigeria.

“If I have not been here today, I would still be living with the stereotype being dished out in the conventional and social media that the Fulani have an agenda to take over this country.

“I came here and discovered that MACBAN members are also in a helpless situation because so many leaders of Miyetti Allah have been killed by criminal gangs and to accept to be a leader of the association is a big burden, “ he said.

Dalung consequently advised the government of Nigeria to improve on the security of lives and property of citizens across the country.

He also suggested that the government should engage traditional rulers in resolving the lingering conflicts that affect nomadic herdsmen and indigenous communities in the country.

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Bayero, who was epresented by Alhaji Aminu Sadiq, the Zannan Kano, said the outcome of the meeting would assist the government to enhance strategy towards addressing the challenges bedeviling pastoralists in the country.

“If we don’t voice out our own problems, how will the world know our challenges,” the Kano Emir added.

The meeting was reported attended by the representative of the Sultan of Sokoto, who is the Chairman of MACBAN’s Board of Trustees, as well as leaders and members of the association across the country.