S/W Fu­lani lead­ers, MACBAN deny link to Falae’s kid­nap

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola, La­gos

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.

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