Evicted from Benue, Miyetti Allah commiserates with victims but vows to stay put

Fulani Herdsmen [Credit: Today.ng]

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), the umbrella body of Nigeria’s Fulani herdsmen, has commiserated with Benue Government over the recent clashes between herdsmen and Tiv farmers in some communities in Buruku Local Government Area of the state.

The group’s message came Saturday, days after the Benue State government ordered armed herders to leave the state, accusing them of killing locals in the latest outbreak of violence in the Buruku area.

Miyetti Allah group said while it commiserated with victims and the people of Benue, the government’s eviction order was “unconstitutional”.

In a statement, the Secretary-General of the association, Baba Othman-Ngelzarma, said MACBAN was saddened by the latest incident which led to deaths and destruction of property.
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“Regrettably, this ugly incident is coming at a time the two feuding groups had been enjoying some respite from previous skirmishes which had been achieved through consistent engagement and strategy by stakeholders.

“We consider this crisis as a serious setback to our collective desire for peace in Benue State and the nation in general,’’ Mr. Othman-Ngelzarma said.

He said MACBAN condemned the return of hostilities between pastoralists and farmers.

“We, therefore, wish to use this medium to commiserate with the affected communities, to condole the people of Buruku Local Government, in particular, and the Government of Benue State in general.

“We assure you of our support and cooperation in adopting all measures to determine the root causes of the unfortunate happening,’’ the secretary said.

He, however, added that the incident should not be allowed to derail the success recorded in the area of building peace through mutual understanding and respect.

The secretary said “MACBAN will not accept any act of violence by whosoever under any pretext.

“Our members, are therefore, warned strongly against taking laws into their hands as the leadership is poised to follow established due process in addressing those vexing issues affecting them.

“We also appreciate the efforts of His Excellency, Gov. Samuel Ortom, the leadership of Buruku Local Government Council and the security agencies in sanitising the area of hostilities.

“At the same time we are wary of the statement allegedly credited to the governor requesting herdsmen to relocate out of the state.’’

Mr. Othman-Ngelzarma described the statement by the governor as “unconstitutional” and said herdsmen could not be exempted from enjoying similar rights of free movement as being enjoyed by other Nigerians.

“We demand that the laws of the land must be allowed to function without let or hindrance,” he said.

Mr. Ortom had given Fulani herdsmen in Tombo-Mbalagh, Buruku Local Government Area of Benue two days to leave the area following a weekend attack in which eight people died.

He gave the order during an assessment visit to the area and said armed herdsmen were not welcome in the state.

The governor said that as the chief security officer of the state he had a responsibility to protect the people.  (NAN)


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  • Chris Anyanwu

    It’s misleading to term these incessant killings of people in their sleeps & unproked attacks as “clashes”

    • Julius

      It is murder !!. I agree with you…pure and simple !

    • AryLoyds

      Buhari is back, the Jihad must continue!

  • Felix Omoragbon

    They should leave and never return.

    • Otile

      Where do you want them to go? It is not all the fault of Miyetti Allah.

      • Karl Imom

        When they kill people unprovoked, who’s fault it is? The constitution guarantees freedom of movement for Nigerians NOT Cattles or animals. Even among Nigerians, the freedom of movement guaranteed by the constitution is limited to law abiding citizens NOT criminals.

        • Felix Omoragbon

          Thank you for educating him.

      • Felix Omoragbon

        Simple.
        They should go back to where they are coming from.

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    gamalin 20 on the grass ………………………..

  • kenmege

    Which one be hostilities between farmers and herdsmen? U graze on their farms,rape their women ,massacre them and burn down their villages and u are talking as if it has been a fare battle? I blame benue youths. U can’t find guns to defend ur generation from genocide? I just tire for una.

  • isaac

    You destroy lives and properties at will. Then turn round to assert that asking armed herdsmen to leave Benue is unconstitional?! This beats all reasoning.
    People who carry arms and kill people at will; whether they herdsmen or kidnappers are murderers period. And I believe that under the Nigerian constitution there is what it takes to deal with such persons.

  • Dayo

    Maybe the Miyeti or whatever they call themselves don’t understand the law. Does the Constitution he claims to know empower them to carry arms. The gov was clear in his statement. He said armed herdsmen should leave. They should actually be prosecuted for illegal possession of arms.

  • Kickboxer

    ZOO……Nigerians (97%-5%) should be put in cages so that people can visit from all over the world to watch their subhuman lifestyle. The foreign exchange from visitors may be used to feed the ZOO/caged inmates

  • manweysabi

    My grudge with this cattle herders is their perchance to taking law into their hands in reprisals attack cum vengeance​ or whatever. The sad part of it, they seem to be getting away with this act of unlawfulness and the reason why the problem seems unabated.
    Someone stole or kill your cows and the next thing, you come razed the community down with a wanton vengeance. We have the justice system for a reason and the Miyetti Allah, should teach their members on how to seek redress (through the police) in the court of law instead of their barbaric way…

    • AmaraMr ikwuegbu

      soon they will face individual rejection by other nigerians

  • AmaraMr ikwuegbu

    fulani your days are numbers in nigeria, killers must die by gun and rejected ,soon you people will know that host communities hate you for your murderers ,you develop the cow and eat it alone

  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    This will be a controversial comment but please digest it with objectivity and seriousness. I mean no harm but…

    The Association Chairman says its unconstitutional to infringe on the free right of movement of the cattle herdsmen.

    Please clap for this man.

    He is very correct. The heardsmen are protected under the constitution. What the man is saying is that the MOST FUNDAMENTAL LAW of the land is the constitution and all other laws, rules and executive declarations of Governors are subject to the constitution.

    Please lets also remind this Chairman of the Association that there are parts of this country where other Nigeria citizens are forbidden from dressing as they please, forbidden from acquiring title documents to land they want to buy, forbidden from building specific building of religious worship where they want, forbidden from drinking specific types of drinks they want, forbidden from organizing specific types of entertainment/recreational events they want, forbidden from enjoying the harvest of their farms, forbidden from living peacefully in their farms and villages etc. ALL OF WHICH ARE THEIR RIGHTS UNDER THIS SAME CONSTITUTION HE IS REFERRING TO!!!

    Nigerians of all tribes, religions and ethnic groups MUST all be subject to the constitution in equal measure.

    Much of the strife and conflict in Nigeria arises from the semblance of some parts of this country being above the constitution and more subject to rules and regulations that they have unilaterally placed above the constitutions. Think about this.

    Let the chairman ask and demand for Justice for all Nigerians irrespective of Tribe or Religion.

    Let the Igbo Southerner living in Sokoto and Maidugari have FULL rights guaranteed under the constitution just the same way a Fulani Northerner living in Ile Ife and Awka should have full rights as guaranteed under the constitution.

    Justice is justice!

    • Julius

      Amennnnnnnnnnn !!!

  • kayode Olufade

    While I agree that the Governor’s order is sectional there is nothing unconstitutional about it. He picked out a side he considers at fault and for security reasons gave his orders. It is an ethnical and sectional order but not unconstitutional. What he could’ve added to make the law more general would’ve been to ask for the immediate arrest of armed citizens

    • Say the truth

      You don’t understand do you. Pray your direct family members will be victims of these herders. You come into people’s farm, damaged it and when the people asked questions you open fire on them killing them for daring to ask why? From your name l doubt if you have ever crossed river niger so you don’t get it.

      • kayode Olufade

        And if you read my comments with an ounce of intelligence you’d have deduced that I opined agreement with the governor’s orders just that it is sectional. You do not have to hinge emotions to my name or my family, it makes you sound and read unnecessary obtuse

  • fearless

    After killing Benue people,Fulani want to stay by force. What a shameless set of fools,thinking like their COWS

    They are not even talking on how to hand over those gangs of KILLER they are protecting so that justice would be done but rather ,they are only after how their Buhisness of cattle will move on.

    These Dirty PIGS that calls them self Miyetty Allah shuold be tried for all the killing done by herdsmen,they are the one giving them the AK47

  • fearless

    Fashola deported IGBOS from Lagos to east without any good reason ,I GUESS THAT WAS CONSTITUTIONAL??? now that a Benue State Governor has a reason to sent this Dirty Fulani Pigs away,the Gran Pa of these smelling PIGS called Miyetty Allah are talking Bull Crap!!

  • Don Corleone

    SO COWS ALSO HAVE SAME RIGHTS WITH GREAT HOMO SAPIENS? SAD,ONLY IN NIGERIA

  • Don Corleone

    ONLY IN THIS SHITHOLE COUNTRY WOULD ANYONE EQUATE THE LIFE OF A HUMAN WITH THAT OF A COW…IF COWS ARE HUMAN,EATING SUYA UNFORTUNATELY MAKES YOU A SHITHOLE CANNIBAL

  • Don Corleone

    WHAT THE FUSS? I DON’T REALLY GET WHY WE ALL MAKING SO MUCH NOISE ABOUT
    TRUMP’S SHITHOLE COMMENTS/REMARKS….HEY, LETS BE HONEST…IS NIGERIA
    CURRENTLY NOT A SHITHOLE?

    PLS DON’T LIE TO YOURSELF,THINK ABOUT IT…YOU KNOW IT…TELL THE TRUTH…

    PERADVENTURE,THINGS MAY CHANGE LATER,WHO KNOWS?BUT RIGHT NOW,BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THIS COUNTRY IS A SHITHOLE ON A DOWNWARD SPIRAL.

    LEAVE HONEST PEOPLE ALONE.