As government continues to engage stakeholders with a view to finding lasting solution to the continued farmer/ herder’s clash, Fulani herdsmen have also come out to make their demands.
National body of cattle rearers in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, are asking for payment of compensation to their members who according to them have also been victims of crises.
Briefing newsmen on Sunday in Abuja, Secretary General of MACBAN, Baba Usman Ngeljarma, gave details of how its members numbering over 1000 were killed including women and children, in addition to over two million cattle stolen by State armed militia .
“We confirm the position of His Royal Highness, the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, that in spite of the fact that 732 of our people were killed in Mambila and 82 women and children killed in Numan, nobody was arrested.
“We, hereby, demand the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes without further.
“We further state that the refutal of the Emir’s position by the Taraba State governor is merely a continuation of his desperate act of hiding the state government’s involvement and protection of the perpetrators of these acts.” He said.
The organisation also berated the some state governments particularly Benue State for the stringent laws put in place. They said state governments were responsible for the killings and attacks experienced in several parts of the country from herdsmen.
“The trend of attacks on our defenceless members by ethnic militias oiled by a deliberate profiling through coordinated media campaigns against our members, to say the least, is the worst crime against humanity,” the group said.
Making their demands, the organization however, urged the Federal Government to create a Federal Ministry of Livestock Development to attend to the multi-dimensional needs of the industry as obtained in many countries.
They called on the government to “enact a national law to carter for the peculiar needs of pastoralists in particular and the livestock subsector in general since the mischievous anti-open grazing laws promulgated by some states have woefully failed to address the contentious issues.
“We call for a federal judicial commission of inquiry into all these killings so as to unravel the truth and the offenders.
“We wish to register our appreciation to all those who have refused to be blinded by sentiment and are standing on the path of truth and justice, especially the governors of Bayelsa, Plateau, Kogi and Nasarawa states, in the face of these complicated circumstances.
“We disassociate ourselves from any other group or individual that is out to foment trouble in the country. “We also welcome the Federal Government’s current resolve to address the lingering crises and submit ourselves for any positive participation to restore mutual and harmonious relationship in the country.
“We demand immediate disarmament of all illegally armed militias across the country in the interest of peace, security and stability. “Finally, we condemn in totality any attempt of branding herdsmen as terrorists as is being clamoured from certain quarters. We view this as the continuation of the hate agenda on our people and a very dangerous trend for the country,” the group said.