S/W Fulani leaders, MACBAN deny link to Falae’s kidnap
The association of Fulani leaders in the South West and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) yesterday denied involvement of Fulani herdsmen in the recent kidnap of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae.
The leaders also urged the federal and state governments to restore grazing reserves that were mapped out across the country, noting that grazing fields had been used to build factories and houses, thereby forcing the herdsmen to look for alternative areas for their cattle.
Addressing journalists over the alleged Fulani link in Falae’s kidnap and destruction of farmlands by cattle, Alhaji Mohammed Bambado, the Sarkin Fulani of Lagos State who is also the MACBAN chairman, Alhaji Bello Garba from Ondo State and Alhaji Kabir Labar, the Sarkin Fulani of Abeokuta, said their accusers should tread with caution.
“Most Fulani living in Ondo State are cattle rearers and people should understand that they cannot leave their cattle to go and kidnap for ransom. We condemn the act and sympathise with the elderly man but we are saying that the kidnap was not carried out by Fulani herdsmen.
“Fulani people have been living in Ondo State for over a century. None of us or our children has been involved in any act capable of dragging our image in the mud. We still implore the security authorities to investigate Falae’s kidnap and bring the perpetrators to book. We are sure the kidnappers are impersonators, they are not herdsmen,” Garba said.
He however admitted that some farms had been destroyed as a result of cattle grazing, noting that all issues regarding such destruction had been resolved and the farmers involved had been compensated.
Bambado urged caution in utterances that could cause disorder in the country, adding that the Afenifere and some Yoruba leaders’ call for a ban on Fulani cattle grazing in the Southwest was unnecessary.
“We as a people don’t support the activities of some of our people on the wanton destruction of farmlands caused by the movement of cattle across the country. We are working round the clock to resolve the issue for good”, he said.