Miyetti Allah condemns governors for bandit attacks, says they destroyed their businesses
National Secretary of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan has disclosed that some bandits are herders who became radicalized after they lost cattle as a result of open grazing ban by some state governors.
This was stated by the Miyetti Allah National Secretary in a live interview with Punch on Wednesday
The national secretary also tackled Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano, for his position on the relocation of herders.
Recall that Ganduje had earlier stated that there should be a law banning the movement of cattle from the north to the south.
The governor also said his administration is already constructing a settlement with houses, a dam, an artificial insemination centre, and a veterinary clinic for herders in a forest near Kano’s border with Katsina.
But in the interview, Alhassan described the governor’s statement as cheap political talk if there are no provisions in place for the herders before inviting them to the state.
He added that putting such a plan in place is not as easy as “stuffing dollars” in one’s cloth.
“Let him put in place the infrastructure. Kano is a semi-arid state. What has he provided even to the herders in Kano? Kano is a heavily cultivated area during the dry season. So, what alternative have you provided for the herders? It is not about cheap idle political talks. These are real issues,” Alhassan said.
“Like, I have the capacity to absorb 10,000 herders. This is what I have provided for them. This is where they will water their animals. This is where they will get their feeds. You don’t just come and say they should move to Kano. If they move to Kano, are they going to be in his government house? It is not stuffing dollars. I’m sorry to say that.
“The crisis of bandits in the north-west is because of some of the activities of the governors in the past. They put pressure on the herders. They lose their cattle. They have no business. Now, they have joined bandits. They are not spirits. They have reasons why they emerged. If you destroy grazing, you are going to create another problem. They destroyed their economy. They have no cattle and they got radicalised.
“Our members are peaceful herders. We have bandits; we have criminal elements in the forest. They are not necessarily herders. It is the responsibility of the security forces to identify the criminals, isolate them and deal with them according to the laws of the land. There are herders dwelling in the forest, doing their peaceful economic activities, which is cattle rearing.”