Fulani herdsmen under the auspice of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, have rubbished ultimatums given by various groups to vacate the southern part of the country, claiming it’s their constitutional right and that the constitution guaranteed their free movement into any part of the country and to equally graze their cattle in any part of the country.
The herdsmen, who in the past week have been accused of killing, raping and robbing members of their host communities and causing havoc in various parts of the nation, said nobody could stop them from grazing their cattle in any part of the country they want, especially in the south.
Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Plateau State, Nuru Abdullahi, who spoke to Punch Newspapers, said:
“Why would they ask them not to go to the southern part of the country? What the various governments and security agencies should do is to prevent attacks and counter-attacks and such things that breed violence like cattle rustling and trespassing into farmlands
“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees freedom of movement for every citizen of the country; this includes the right to live, work and carry out any legitimate activity in any part of the country. If and when you breach this freedom, then, the law should deal with you. So, asking anybody not to go to any part of the country is unconstitutional.”
Chairman, MCBAN, North-West Zone, Ardo Ahmadu Suleiman, said the constitution forbids anybody or group from banning anybody’s movement from one part of the country to another.
“We are law abiding citizens of Nigeria. We have been staying peacefully with tribes across the country for ages. Therefore, for anyone to say he wants to ban Fulani from entering their land is uncalled for.”
Igbo youths under the aegis of Ohaneze Youth Council (OYC) had earlier given the herdsmen at least three days to leave Igbo land or they would be forced out. The youths in a communique vowed never again to fold their arms and watch our people being massacred by blood-sucking terrorists under the guise of herdsmen.