Break Up Nigeria Now, Fulani People More Ready Than Any Other Ethnic Nationality — Miyette Allah
Alhassan Saleh, the association’s national secretary, made the statement on Friday in response to the 17 southern governors’ decision to restrict open grazing during a meeting on Tuesday in Asaba, Delta State.
“If the south believes that because they have oil, they can openly hate the Fulani, I bet you they are late,” Saleh remarked.
An ethnic group with a population of 17 million people cannot be expelled from a state. So, if the agitators want to divide the country right now, or right now, we’ll assist them. We’re all set to go. We’ve prepared ourselves better than any other tribe.
“This type of prohibition has never been implemented anywhere.
Only you have power over it. The Fulani, on the other hand, move around with their animals by nature. They are not only in Nigeria, but also in the rest of Africa.”
“We are just moving ahead and backward,” Saleh said in an interview with the Saturday Tribune, claiming that the issue of Fulani herders was addressed by governors 25 years ago but that no government had thought it appropriate to follow the judgments.
Herders, he claims, are not the country’s problem; rather, the ethnic profiling of Fulani throughout the country, particularly in the south, is mind-boggling.
“They (southerners) want us to react in a certain way, but we don’t. This is child’s play compared to what we went through in Guinea and Sudan and survived.
We understand that 2023 is on the table as well. They want power handed to them on a gold platter. Nobody will grant them such authority. They must come to us for help. People who seek power don’t act like this, according to the Miyetti Allah scribe.
“Herders are unimportant when it comes to the concerns of our country,” he continued. Is it true that they are the ones robbing the treasury? What kind of harm are they doing to this country?
“Compare their illegal actions to those of the ‘Yahoo’ boys (Internet fraudsters), kidnappers, political looters, power bandits, and vagabonds in power like Governor (Samuel) Ortom. Do you believe that if there is no oil money, all of this will happen?
Let them divide the country; we are ready today. They should not have to wait until tomorrow. We have more preparedness than any other ethnic group. So, now that we’re ready, they can divide the country. Let those of us who don’t have oil die.”
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation Afenifere, in a fast response, stated the Fulani were free to leave when they were ready, but the Yoruba remained adamant that the country be reorganized.
In a phone conversation with the Saturday Tribune on Friday, the group’s spokesperson, Mr Jare Ajayi, said: “If they (the Fulani) say they are ready to leave, so be it.” It is up to them to travel to their ancestral homeland.
Our answer is the same as our acting leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who declared this afternoon at our gathering in Ijebu-Ode that the Yoruba have given far more than any other ethnic group in Nigeria.
“As a result, everyone who has invested in a business would not want that business to fail. As a result, we don’t want the Nigerian project to fail because of our involvement.
“However, this is not to suggest that Nigeria should remain one Nigeria at the price of Yoruba corporate and peaceful existence. The most important thing for everybody is to live in a true, secure, tranquil, and safe environment.”
Miyetti Allah’s outburst was also met with disapproval by the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF). Ken Robinson, PANDEF’s National Publicity Secretary, remarked on Friday that it was sad that the organization of cattle breeders had become the country’s voice for the Fulani race. He called the situation a “shame” that deserved no reaction.
“Is Miyetti Allah implying that Fulanis are preparing for the country’s disintegration? Is that really deserving of a response?
“When did Miyetti Allah become the Fulani’s mouthpiece? It’s a shame that the country has deteriorated to this point. Robinson stated, “That will suffice.”
In a similar vein, Chief Frank Kokori, a former General Secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), branded the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore’s outburst as “madness.”
When commenting about the group’s threat on Friday, the septuagenarian and respected labour leader noted that fiscal federalism, equity, and justice were what every rational and great Nigerian had been supporting.
“I thought they stated they were ready for cattle ranching when they reacted to the southern governors’ resolutions?
But if they’re ready for Nigeria to disintegrate, then let them be ready. They are neither the National Assembly nor the executive branch of government. Why should I add my two cents? I am opposed to the country’s disintegration.
“All we want is fiscal federalism.” Because we have a unitary system, the country should be properly federated. It’s also called a federation, although it’s not.
“The solution is to restructure the country. We have no intention of dismantling Nigeria. I have no desire to obtain a passport in order to travel to the north or anywhere else.
Any great man understands that Nigeria has a long way to go before it can achieve greatness. The issue will be resolved through justice and equity.
“Why should a lunatic suggest that Nigeria be partitioned? All we seek is true federalism. That’s all,” remarked a Delta State All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain.
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