BY QADRI SALIU
Coordinator of the Kwara State chapter of Miyetti Allah Association of Cattle Breeders, Aliyu Mohammed, has admitted that the Fulanis blocked the transportation of foodstuffs coming from the North to the South to starve the Yorubas.
This is just as the Miyetti Allah also urged the Federal Government to arrest Sunday Igboho, for evicted the Fulani from Igangan in the Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State.
They vowed on Sunday that until the South-West states allow the Fulani herdsmen into their farms for open grazing they would starve the South-West people of food.
They said the association would block cattle and foodstuffs to the South West through Kwara State, adding that it would continue until the safety of Fulani is guaranteed in the region.
Mohammed speaking to newsmen after a crucial meeting of the association in Ilorin on Sunday, said the action is a warning shot to ensure a peaceful operation of businesses by the Fulani and to end the harassment of the tribe in the south.
He said: “Just as you have in any society where there are good and bad people.”
“It is not only Fulanis that commit crimes in the country, but it was sad that everything happening now is heaped on Fulani herdsmen.”
“We have concluded at our meeting today that anybody who comes to Kwara State claiming to be Fulani herder under questionable circumstances, will be reported to the security agencies for necessary action.
“Our vigilantes will monitor the bush and the forests where there are no security agencies and report suspected cattle rustlers who disguise as cattle herders to perpetrate crimes,” he added.
Mohammed appealed to the Federal government to arrest Sunday Igboho, who evicted the Fulani from Igangan in the Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State, for the alleged destruction of their properties and killing of their people.
He, however, commended Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for his statesmanship in accommodating and cooperating to ensure the safe landing of Fulanis in the state.