- The idea that herders will be at a disadvantage if Nigeria divides has been dismissed
- According to Miyetti Allah, the division will bring other development in the livestock trade
- The group disclosed this following calls for separation by some dissatisfied people in the country
If Nigeria separates today, herders will not be at a disadvantage, Fulani socio-cultural group, the Miyetti Allah Kautal, has declared.
This was disclosed by a spokesman for the group, Saleh Alhassan, while featuring on Punch Online interview programme.
He alleged that the livestock trade has not been developed because of oil money. He said things will be better if northern governors stop getting “oil money” from the federal government.
Recall that there are agitations for Yoruba Nation and Biafra Republic by some dissatisfied Nigerians including Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho; Yoruba elder, Prof Banji Akintoye, and former militant in the Niger Delta region, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo.
However, the Miyetti Allah spokesman said secession is an opportunity for the northern region to grow its own resources.
Going further, he faulted Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, over the latter's order for unregistered herdsmen to vacate Ondo forests.
“Why that quit (notice) is not good is because it is going to have an implication. If you have jobless youths in the north in the name of one coalition or the other issuing counter quit notices, are you not creating tension in the country? It is not good for the country.
“If we want to restructure the country or divide this country, we should sit down on a round table and say this is how we want to share this country, or this how we want to exist. It is as simple as that."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria's Twitter space was awash with heated reactions as the purported photos of the national president of the Miyetti Allah Kauta surfaced on the internet, showing that he uses police escorts and Toyota Sport Utility Vehicles.
The photographs showed he was moving within a town as his convoy of about three SUVs appeared to be moving alongside some yellow tricycles and guarded by a police escort.
While Legit.ng cannot independently verify the authenticity of the photos at the time of this report, many Nigerians on social media have been sharing them with mixed reactions.
In other news, the Ondo state chapter of the Miyetti Allah Breeders Association of Nigeria said its members are tired of open grazing.
The chairman of the herders association in Ondo state, Alhaji Bello Garba, urged the state government to make provision for ranches, noting that such a move will put an end to the frequent herdsmen/ farmers’ crises.
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.