We Can Graze In Any Part Of Nigeria - Herdsmen
Herdsman (photo credit: BBC)

The  Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Socio-cultural Association has said its members have the right to reside in any part of the country and conduct their businesses as guaranteed by the constitution.

This was in a communique signed by the group on Friday where it also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call Governor Ortom to order over the state’s Anti-open grazing law.

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Recall that Benue and most parts of the country has witnessed clashes between suspected herders and farmers, resulting in deaths and destruction of properties.

However, the Miyetti Allah said it  “condemned the call by some desperate and jobless groups under the leadership of one Ariyo Atoye a jobless youth parading the streets of Abuja looking for crumbs from corrupt Politicians agitating for the profiling and stigmatisation of Fulani Pastoralist in Nigeria.

“We urged the Attorney General to ignore their letter as they are hired agents by a sinking Governor who is notorious for funding and arming militia groups causing havoc to the Fulani Pastoralist in the Benue Valley.

“We totally reject the repressive and oppressive ‘Anti-open Grazing Law’ as it is fundamentally going against our culture, economic interest and constitutional rights and will deploy all the necessary legal means as enshrined in our constitution to challenge it.

“Consequently, we affirmed our support and solidarity for the legal action taken by the Miyetti Allah Kautal HoreFulani Socio- cultural Association to challenge the negative Benue anti- grazing law at the Federal High Court Abuja.

“That Pastoralists, like all citizens of Nigeria, have the right to move freely and to reside in any part of the country. They also have a right to own property in any part of the country and enjoy the right of freedom from discrimination like any other citizen of the country.
“We call on the National Assembly to leave up to their responsibility because the inter-state movement of pastoralists is analogous to inter-state commerce, which is an exclusive preserve of the legislative powers of the National Assembly under item 62 of the Exclusive Legislative List. To this effect, any action taken by a state Assembly is in conflict with above section of the 1999 constitution as amended.”