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25 Feb 2018

Herdsmen killings: What must happen for peace to reign – Fulani leader

Ahmed Yandeh, the Sarkin Fulani Sabon Garin byepass in Kaduna has given hints on what would end the herdsmen/farmers’ clashes across the country.

Yandeh, also the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Mobgal Fulbe Development Association of Nigeria (MFDAN), insisted that it is not illegal for Fulani people to move about with their cow as the constitution guarantees freedom of movement.

“For peace to reign, and justice to prevail, the Fulani man must be seen as citizen of Nigeria. The anti-grazing law should quickly be removed. Grazing reserves should also be defined, especially those that are yet to be gazetted”, he told Daily Trust.

“We have over 500 grazing reserves in this country, but only few are gazetted. This will see to it that Fulani people will live there, peacefully with their animals because Nigeria is not yet ripe for the anti-grazing law.

“Even America, it took them more than 70 years to actualize the point where they are today, because land tenure is a very sensitive issue. Grazing reserves should be implemented.

“I believe the Fulani are being painted black, especially because President Buhari is a Fulani man; they are trying to do everything to undermine his government

“But the solution is a return to the drawing board, to look at what existed before, with a view to correcting the present situation.

“Also, cattle routes should be restructured and retrieved, so that the Fulani man will know the direction to go about his business peacefully.

“I have heard that some state governors have called MACBAN – though am not a member of the association – that they should be declared a terrorist group.

“MACBAN, I am quite sure, is the oldest Fulani association in Nigeria and they have been registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), unlike other socio-cultural associations.

“So if MACBAN is declared a terrorist group, what of the others?” Yandeh asked.
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