We Won’t Return To North - Fulani Herdsmen In South Tells Northern Elders
Fresh facts have emerged on the swirling controversy over the instruction given by Northern Elders Forum, NEF, to Fulani herdsmen in parts of Southern Nigeria, to return to the North, on account of the quit notice allegedly given to them.
The Ondo State government had first ordered the herdsmen to leave its forest reserves and this was followed by Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, who allegedly sacked the Sarkin Fulani in Oyo State. Since the quit notices and NEF directives were issued, high level consultations at governorship level have been ongoing to resolve the crisis occasioned by these socio-political developments. The NEF had even urged governors of the northern states to prepare to receive law abiding herders who want to return to the North.
However, the frame of Sarkin Fulani (heads of Fulani communities in parts of the Southern Nigeria), who are at the centre of the controversy, have stridently said they had been privy to the “Return-to-the-North” directive issued by way of the NEF, arguing that it become by no means communicated to them. In interviews with Sunday Sun correspondents, the numerous Sarkins Fulani expressed their views at the NEF directive.
Northerners in Imo State have declared that they did no longer get any go back-to-North observe, stressing that despite the fact that such directive was given, they have no plans to go away the kingdom. Senior Special Assistant to Imo State governor, Suleiman Ibrahim, who spoke with Sunday Sun brought that Imo has in no way been unfavorable to them, keeping that his human beings had sworn by no means to leave the kingdom.
Ibrahim said: “We in no way received any note from everyone to cease from the kingdom. Why ought to we leave, we're in Nigeria, where are we going to? We shall preserve to stay in peace with our hosts. We don’t have any issues with the human beings here, they love us and we love them; I thank Almighty Allah for bringing us to Imo, there is no domestic like Imo.”
In Ogun State, the Sarkin-Fulani, Muhammad Kabir Labar, stated that his office by no means acquired any directive from the Northern Elders Forum, to depart Ogun and flow their farm animals up North. He expressed critical concerns over the clashes between farmers and herders in the nation, which had claimed lives on both aspects, while farm animals and farms were destroyed.
Labar defined that of all the Southwest states, Ogun State stays the high-quality place to perform farm animals rearing commercial enterprise. He blamed overseas herders for the killings, maiming, arson and wanton destruction which have befell these days. The Sarkin Fulani counseled the Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, for his timely intervention, noting that circulate by the governor avoided the current crisis in Yewa North Local Government Area of the nation from escalating and snowballing right into a conflagration.
The governor’s set off intervention inside the disaster, he stated, doused the tension that had been growing on both aspects and stored lives.
“Killings, irrespective of the circumstance, are detestable and may never be the solution to the troubles handy; we do not ought to in addition irritate the already traumatic state of affairs by way of pandering to ethnic sentiments,” he delivered.
Labar stated that numerous ethnic nationalities have been residing as one in Ogun State for centuries with mutual recognize for one another, noting that things could hold in that manner, as agreed at the stakeholders’ parley organised via the Ogun State government, to find lasting technique to the incessant herders/farmers clashes.
While harping on the need to be cautious of mischief makers seeking to reap from the senseless cycle of bloodletting by fabricating casualty figures and losses on both sides, Labar said that efforts might be doubled to reinforce cohesion among herdsmen and the host communities in Ogun State.
“I name at the people and the media to exercise restraint in what is stated and suggested on the crisis as the nation government and the safety offerings have confirmed unwavering commitment to the protection of our lives and assets.
“Already, we have visible the deployment of patrol automobiles, armed employees and the political will of the governor to deliver the situation under control. We thank him for his sincerity and dedication to restore peace,” Labar said.
He similarly referred to that a war resolution mechanism might be installed area by means of his office, to ensure timely settlement of issues earlier than they degenerate into situations capable of main to a skirmish.
In Anambra State, Chairman, South East Zone of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, told Sunday Sun that his humans, the Fulani herdsmen, have been residing peacefully with the human beings of Southeast.
He said that there has not been any formal verbal exchange from the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) or every other relevant authority from the North asking herdsmen to return to the North.
His words: “The challenges our human beings are having in Southern Nigeria induced the decision or proposal by the Northern Elders Forum.
However, no one has knowledgeable me formally. Nobody is planning to move returned to the North until we're pressured to move. The simplest issue in order to lead them to to head is in the event that they experience unprotected. If there's protection, why have to they pass? But if there is no safety they'll have no different option than to go.”
Asked if he became making any effort to make certain that there is peaceful coexistence between the herders and their host communities in the Southeast, he stated: “There is cordiality among my members and our hosts. Some of this stuff which can be taking place, I don’t know their origin. But I don’t assume it's miles from the best people of the Southeast. I don’t recognise what triggered those demanding situations we're dealing with in Southern Nigeria due to the fact what I understand is that we have cordiality with the human beings of the Southeast.
“We continually associate with some agencies inside the Southeast to broker peace. So, I don’t recognize why this issue is happening. But what I understand is that it's far only a trial and it'll come to an end.”
On how he intends to settle disputes between herdsmen and farmers inside the future, he said: “Whenever farmlands are destroyed with the aid of Fulani herdsmen, we move there and determine the level of harm after which pay the owner of the farm. It is the equal component while a cow receives killed. The leaders of the community facilitate the price for the cow.”
On their component, participants of the Hausa/Fulani community in Delta State have insisted that they have got no purpose of leaving the country thanks to what they defined as a very sturdy harmonious dating with their respective host groups throughout the kingdom.
Spokesman of the Hausa/Fulani network within the nation, Alhaji Muktar Usman, informed Sunday Sun in Asaba that they were not planning to return to their states of foundation in the foreseeable destiny.
Usman who's an influential discern in the community stated that such enchantment with the aid of NEF to northern governors turned into now not meant for Hausa/Fulani citizens in Delta State. He stated the peculiar trouble which caused such attraction, within the first example, become now not being skilled within the oil wealthy Delta State.
According to him, there's no professional correspondence from the North, calling on them to go back home.
“As you can see, we don’t have that trouble in Delta State. So that enchantment isn't for us right here in Delta because we have a very cordial courting with our host groups,” Usman stated.
He defined that there was an current mechanism to douse anxiety and cope with any viable safety challenge.
“We have zonal LGA and senatorial security meetings had been issues are right away addressed to the pleasure of all. We liaise with the security groups to right away address subjects that may come up, pronounced and stated the appropriate quarters for moves to be taken,” Usman brought.
Besides, he stated that contributors of the Hausa/Fulani network inside the nation have been in steady speak with conventional rulers and opinion leaders of their host groups on the way to preserve concord and ensure peaceful co-lifestyles.
When he spoke to Sunday Sun on the problem of the NEF directive, the Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Ekiti State bankruptcy, Alhaji Mohammed Nasamu, said: “There became no formal verbal exchange to them to return to the North. No Fulani herder in Ekiti is prepared to return to the North because Fulani people are Nigerians, the humans from the Southwest also are Nigerians, we are not from every other united states.”
On how they (Fulani) intend to maintain harmony with their host communities, the chairman stated: “Insha Allah, we will make certain that peace reigns. Fulani herders in Ekiti State are peaceful humans, and the governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has an open coronary heart to all and has usually taken all residents as one, irrespective of tribe, whether or not Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani, Ebira, Ijaw, Edo, Efik and others, the governor has always taken everyone as one.
I have constantly spoken to my humans on peaceful coexistence and I will maintain to do so. We will ensure oneness with all of the people in Ekiti State.
“We will maintain a assembly with herders in Ekiti State and we will remind them no longer to engage in some thing horrific. We will tell every Fulani herder in all the local governments in the kingdom to sign up. They are going to register with their conventional rulers and any metropolis with out an Oba will surely have a Baale (Chief) or Regent. They will sign up there.”
On the way to settle herders disputes in destiny, the chairman said: “I pray God will by no means permit combat in Ekiti State. We will make sure no Fulani herder foments hassle.”
On the touchy difficulty of Fulani herders sporting weapons even as grazing, Nasamu stated: “I have in my opinion no longer visible any Fulani herder deliver guns even as grazing.”
The Kogi State bankruptcy, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), has stated herders within the nation are not suffering from the relocation advice given to a number of its contributors dwelling in Southern components of the united states.
Worried by means of the growing conflicts among herders and farmers, the Northern Elders Forum had requested northern state governors to prepare to acquire law abiding herders who need to return again to the North.
The Assistant Secretary of MACBAN in the state, Abubakar Adamu, who spoke with our correspondent, said that the herders in Kogi State are residing peacefully with their host communities and are therefore not affected by the order.
He stated the herders affected are those dwelling in the South-south, Southeast and the Southwest in which there are ordinary clashes among herders and farmers.
While commending the Northern Elders Forum for taking the initiative, he stated that his members in the nation will constantly embrace peace and live in harmony with their host communities.
Adamu also praised the kingdom governor, Yahaya Bello, for his efforts in ensuring protection of lives and property inside the nation.