- Professor Banji Akintoye says Miyetti Allah has always presented itself as a terrorist group
- The foremost historian claims that unlike before, some cattle rearers are working on an agenda to provoke conflicts
- Akintoye also drummed support for restructuring, adding that the idea is the only solution to the problems of the country
Professor Banji Akintoye says the incessant clash between herdsmen and farmers in the southwest of the country has a way of painting Miyetti Allah as a terrorist group rather than a socio-cultural group like Afenifere and Ohanaeze.
The academician maintained the stance on Channels TV's News Night on Monday, March 16, while speaking on the activities of herdsmen across the country.
Akintoye accused the federal government of making attempts to plant herders across the country not minding the crisis of cattle rearers and the farmers through its suspended RUGA settlement scheme.
He said the Yorubas always welcome the visitors but the Fulanis have always comported themselves in a way that gives them terrorist colouration, adding that MACBAN is far below the place of PANDEF, Afenifere and Ohanaeze in terms of socio-cultural contribution.
"Miyetti Allah has presented itself as a terrorist organization. Afenifere is not a terrorist organization, Ohanaeze is not a terrorist organization. PANDEF is not a terrorist organization.
"It is a traumatic experience for a Yoruba to raise his hand against visitors on his land,” Akintoye said.
The foremost historian said the relationship between the farmers and herders in the past was a smooth one. He, however, said the influx of herders in southeast portends a bad omen as there is an agenda to provoke conflict and plunge the country into crisis.
"But now, there is an agenda. Not all cattle herders, but some herders come in to deliberately provoke conflicts because behind them are well-trained militias,”
Akintoye also called for restructuring, saying that is the only solution to the myriad of problems bedevilling the country.
He accused the north of not buying the idea of restructuring because they see it as a threat and an attempt to take political power from their fists.
The historian called for respect among nations within the country, adding that "it is not a good thing to let this country break up."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng has reported that the leadership of the Miyetti Allah gave reasons for being against the security outfit - Amotekun - recently launched in the southwest.
Reacting to the launch of the outfit, the president of the Miyetti Allah Kautal in Bauchi state, Sadiq Ahmed, alleged that the aim of forming the security outfit was to flush out the Fulani tribe from the southwest region.
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