The National Secretary of the Meyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Baba Othman Ngelzarma, who spoke on Channels Television Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday, has come spoken in the defence of Fulani herdsmen accused of killing land owners across the country, blaming the National Assembly of former President Goodluck Jonathan of paying no attention to the grazing bill, adding that the neglect has given rise to the lingering clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in their host communities.
He urged the National Assembly to concentrate their interest on the grazing bill before focusing on the communal clashes, stressing that the bill would help curb the violence between herdsmen and indigenes.
Ngelzarma, said the herdsmen have been neglect by the National Assembly, thereby exposing them to danger as they have been made to spread to other parts of the country in a search for a livelihood through cattle rearing. He went ahead to blame Jonathan’s government for the kidnap of some herdsmen.
“There had been many cases of Fulani herdsmen being killed or kidnapped, especially in Kaduna but these incidents were not reported. Fulani herdsmen are victims and culprits at the same time. It is sad that despite being a victim, they are also seen as the culprits.
“The clashes came as a result of the absence of grazing reserves and the protection of those reserves. If the past administration had done their work, we wouldn’t be having the problem of Fulani herdsmen attack we are having today
“Fulani herdsmen were pushed to the Southern part of the country because of the search for grass and water. If grass and water were provided in the reserves, they wouldn’t have the desire to go anywhere.
“Some people somewhere are out to profile the Fulani herdsmen as terrorists. Some want to spoil the name of Fulani herdsmen.”
The spokesman for the Cattle Breeders Association who further criticized the media for not reporting incidents in which he alleged that Fulani herdsmen were either killed or kidnapped particularly in Kaduna, the Kaduna State capital, also expressed his displeasure at the light in which the cattle-rearers are seen and blamed the media for it.