👤 By Abdul Tukur
The Secretary-General of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has said those calling for the sack of service chiefs “are corrupt politicians.”
Saleh Al-Hassan, who represents the Fulani Socio-cultural organisation, made this argument during an interview on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme on Monday.
“We have documented 411 innocent pastoralists killed just in southern Kaduna for nothing. We have documented all the crises but because we want peace and want to promote the culture of peace and forgiveness hoping that our neighbours will continue to allow us to do our business.
“But the issue of arms and light weapons is a security one. I believe they (security agencies) are on top of it. With the arrests they are making, we must acknowledge the efforts security agencies have put in trying to contain criminality in this country.”
But, prominent Nigerians including leaders of the National Assembly have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs following the incessant bloodshed of innocent people in the north central state by suspected herdsmen.
According to Amnesty International Nigeria, up to 400 people were killed in Benue in the past six month. The human right campaign organisation also notes that between January – June 27, 2018, 340 have died in Plateau, 217 in Zamfara, 183 in Taraba, 160 in Adamawa and 140 in Nasarawa.
Yet President Buhari, grand patron of the Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, has constantly played down the role of the herdsmen in the crisis by insisting that they carry nothing but sticks.
Mr Al-Hassan shared similar thoughts on Television. When asked on Channels TV, if the herdsmen carried weapon, he said: “pastoralist are not armed to the best of my knowledge.”
President Buhari has been criticised for the way he has handled the issue of killings in the country.
Despite reports from the military that it had apprehended some herdsmen with arms, the President continues to insist that the herdsmen don’t carry arm.
While in Jos, he said: “The Benue subsistence farmer knows that the Nigerian cattle herder that he knows doesn’t carry nothing more than a stick, occasionally sometimes something to cut grass to feed his cattle.”
President Buhari had previously made a similar statement while on a visit to see President Donald Trump.
Last week, DENISAURUS News launched a campaign calling on Members of Parliament to raise the issue of killing in the British parliament as it would force the President to act.
The paper also called for President Buhari to sack the current service chiefs and replace them with competent intelligent officers who can deliver on the government’s job of protecting lives and properties of Nigerian citizens.