- Some governors have been singled out by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria
- The Bauchi state chapter of the association says the governors have been unfair to herders in their domain
- The group said the governors should be sanctioned for issuing quit notices to herders in their states
The Bauchi state chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has called for sanctions to be meted out on some governors for allegedly issuing quit notices to herders in their states.
Punch reports that the Bauchi chairman of MACBAN, Sadiq Ahmed, stated this at a press conference on Tuesday, February 23 in the state.
“The statements made by these leaders are a clear proof that the unity of Nigeria is at stake and can only be solved when the governors of Benue, Ekiti, and Oyo states are sanctioned.”
Recall that Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state had on Friday, February 19, defended his comment about armed herders.
According to the governor, his comment supporting herdsmen arming themselves with AK-47 rifles was a figure of speech endorsing their protection.
The comment of the governor had sparked outrage across Nigeria, with many accusing him of supporting criminality.
Governor Ortom had earlier described the comments of his Bauchi counterpart supporting armed herdsmen, as disappointing.
According to the Benue state chief executive, herders bearing arms violates the provisions of the Nigerian constitution.
Similarly, the director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Professor Ishaq Akintola, has declared that herdsmen have no right to carry AK-47 rifles.
Professor Akintola made the comment in response to Governor Mohammed's position, adding that the Bauchi state governor was not well-thought-out.
Meanwhile, the federal and state governments in Nigeria have recommitted themselves to addressing the mounting insecurity in the country.
At a meeting of the National Economic Council on Thursday, February 18 presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, the governments agreed to ensure swift investigation, arrest, and prosecution of crime perpetrators.
According to the resolution of the council sent to Legit.ng by Laolu Akande, spokesman of VP Osinbajo, both the federal and state governments agreed that the protection of all residents of all states including non-indigenous communities and religious and ethnic minorities is sacrosanct.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.