- A vigilante group has been established by Miyetti Allah in response to security challenges confronting the country.
- The security outfit will secure the lives and of livelihood of Fulani herders
- Other socio-cultural groups from the south, east and western region are however opposed to the national outlook of the security outfit
Miyetti Allah Kautal H*re (MAKH) has announced the establishment of its own private security outfit nationwide.
The outfit, called Miyetti Allah Vigilantes, was established in response to an alleged increase in attacks against the Fulani pastoralists, The Sun reports.
The Fulani socio-cultural association claimed that a number of herdsmen have been carelessly killed by security agencies.
The vigilantes would operate according to the constitutional provisions and legal requirements of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Fulani group said.
The decision was reportedly taken on Wednesday, July 29, at the delegates’ conference of the Association in Abuja. All state officials and elders of the association endorsed it.
Alhaji Bello Bodejo, the national president of the association and secretary, Engr Saleh Alhassan, disclosed that the security outfit will lend a helping hand in curbing crime such as cattle rustling, kidnapping and rural banditry.
The group, in a communique released at the end of the conference, further urged the National Human Right Commission (NHRC) to investigate the atrocities against Fulani pastoralists and ensure justice is served.
The federal government's effort to bring lasting peace between farmers and herders was also commended by the Fulani group.
Vanguard reports that the formation of the outfit drew the ire of other socio-cultural and political groups, such as the Yoruba’s Afenifere, Igbo’s Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Niger Delta’s PANDEF, who described the national outlook as unacceptable.
These groups are of the opinion that the activities of the Fulani security outfit should be localised and not nationwide.
Meanwhile, Miyetti Allah cattle rearers in Oyo state earlier disclosed how they lost a whopping N5 billion to Covid-19 pandemic.
Yakubu Bello, former chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Oyo state chapter said the pandemic has wreaked havoc on the cattle-rearing business.