- The Miyetti Allah has made a promise to peacefully coexist with its host communities in the southeast
- The southeast leader of the cattle breeders group, Gidado Siddiki, said they have no interest in contesting the ownership of land
- According to him, no member would willingly do anything that will jeopardise Nigeria's peaceful coexistence
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has pledged its commitment to peaceful coexistence between its members and their host communities in the southeast region.
Siddiki explained that in spite of some isolated cases of misunderstanding, members of the group have had a good relationship with the people of the area.
The Miyetti Allah leader went on to note that their interest in the area was purely economic, adding that no herder was interested in contesting the ownership of land.
While hailing the state governments in the region for securing the area against banditry, Siddiki said much needed to be done to ensure that citizens were free to carry out their businesses.
He added that as a trade group, no member would willingly do anything to jeopardise the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria.
Miyetti vows to resist eviction
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Miyetti Allah Kautal H*re said it will resist any attempt to evict herdsmen in any part of Nigeria, particularly in the southwest region.
The vow was issued by the association's national secretary Saleh Alhassan.
According to Alhassan, it was unconstitutional for any state in any region of Nigeria to try to evict herdsmen who are also citizens and can settle anywhere that they choose.
Stop influx of illegal herders
In a related development, Miyetti Allah in order to distance itself from killer herdsmen who may not even be Nigerians called on the federal government to prevent the migration of some herds through legal means.
MACBAN said one of the ways the government can achieve this is by using the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) transhumance certificate protocol.
The herders' associations came to this resolve in a meeting with its chairman, Board of Trustees, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, held in Abuja on Thursday, February 4.
Oluwatobi Bolashodun is a Legit.ng journalist with six years of working experience in the media industry. She graduated from Babcock University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication. Oluwatobi is a Current Affairs Editor, mostly writing on political, educational, and business topics. She uses her team spirit to encourage others to work hard.