Sale Bayari, the national president, Gan Allah Fulani Development Association, has declared that Nigeria needs to review her position and pull-out of the ECOWAS free movement protocol through which armed bandits enter the country and endanger its security.
Bayari stated this on Friday, August 16, 2019, while briefing members of the Oyo State Correspondents’ Chapel on the proposed anti-grazing bill which has passed second reading by the state House of Assembly.
The group called for human face and alternative grazing space before the law is passed.
According to him, “small and light weapons are not only in the hands of herdsmen but all Nigerians suffering insecurity.”
Bayari however stated that there had been a drop in kidnapping in the zone since the group met with former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
While maintaining that there are over 300 clans of Fulani extraction of which Bororo is just one of them, the Gan Allah leader said generalising the crime of a few on the majority would be tantamount to injustice.
“We pledge today that we shall ensure that our members are law abiding, obedient and respectful to constituted authorities while promising to go all out to ensure that criminal elements were flushed out of our communities and ethnic groups which may even make the enactment of the anti-open grazing law no longer necessary or obsolete.
‘We call for a human face to this law in the event the it becomes absolutely necessary for it to be promulgated and passed into law. We appeal for an alternative grazing space for our means of livelihood, which is the cattle, which we are rearing as peasant traditional stock owners, not as commercial livestock or cattle business stakeholders.”
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