- Miyetti Allah has opened up on discussions held with Nigerian governors on Monday, January 25
- The national president of the cattle breeders association maintained that they are a peaceful and democratic group
- The group in the meeting held in Ondo state condemned all forms of criminal activities
Details of the meeting between the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) and members of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) in Akure, Ondo State capital have emerged.
In a report by Channels TV, Muhammadu Kirowa, the national president told the governors that MACBAN is a peaceful and democratic group.
Kirowa who was represented by Baba Uthman Ngelzama, the national secretary of the association made the disclosure on Monday, January 25.
According to him, the clashes recently recorded were a result of poor management of the relationship between herders and farmers.
While condemning all forms of criminality, the Miyetti Allah leader sued for peace. He maintained that peaceful coexistence can be achieved by dialogue.
He stressed that because they are a peaceful and democratic association, they are open to working with the government to combat all forms of criminality.
Ngelzama also drummed support that night grazing must stop across Nigeria as it is the major cause of conflicts between farmers and herders.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the immediate former president of the Senate, spoke on the brewing herdsmen-farmers crises in two southwest states; Oyo and Ondo states.
The former Kwara governor said he is concerned with the development in the states in which quit notices were given to Fulani herders and the property of some herdsmen in some parts of Oyo state were subsequently burnt.
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The former Senate president said the herdsmen crisis constitutes a threat to Nigeria's unity. He strongly appealed to every Nigerian to work for peace and take initiatives that can douse tension.
In a related development, Adamu Garba, a former presidential aspirant, urged herdsmen to buy lands in any state they wish to settle and build ranches for their cattle.
Garba stated this in a thread of tweets posted on Twitter and sighted by Legit.ng on Sunday, January 24.
The businessman was reacting to the quit notice issued by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state to herdsmen.