Withdraw Open Grazing Ban or Forget 2023 Presidency – Fulani Groups Threaten Southern Governors
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Following the meeting held by southern governors’ to end open grazing in the southern part of the country by September 1, a pan-Fulani groups, Gan Allah Fulani Development Association (GAFDAN), and Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore have threatened the governors to rescind the resolution or lose the 2023 presidency.
According to the National Secretary of GAFDAN, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Southern Governors’ Forum failed to consider the implications of their resolution, describing it as a step that would “definitely jeopardise the chances of the South to produce the next president come 2023,” Tribune reports.
“You don’t just play politics. Some people want power to return to their region and they believe that the only way to go about it is to intimidate others. You want power to return to the South and you are driving people, about 17 million voters (Fulani), away,” he said.
Mr Abdullahi admitted that the open grazing system across the country is outdated but said the southern governors need to provide an alternative instead of banning it.
He further described the open grazing deadline handed down by the governors as a “call for anarchy.”
In the same vein, the National Secretary of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan, said that southern governors were only playing politics with their resolution to end open grazing in their territories without providing alternatives.
Mr Alhassan described the southern governors as being hungry for power in 2023 and warned the Southern governors against blackmailing the North to get the presidency.
He said: “They (the southern governors) are hungry for power. Why are they making open grazing an issue? Is it the only problem in the country? They may not even get the power.”
Mr Alhassan said herdsmen could not leave because the southern governors did not make any alternative arrangements before slamming a deadline on open grazing.
“Fulani herdsmen cannot move anywhere. The southern governors have not made any alternative (provision) for them. You cannot just drive away an economic group,” Mr Alhassan said.
He added that “If they (southern governors) want to blackmail the North, they may not get the presidency. They are only hungry for power with the direction they are going.”