In the wake of the intractable clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers, Gov. AbdulFattah Ahmed has announced his resolve to appoint a Special Assistant on MIYETTI ALLAH within the next two weeks.
A communiqué signed by Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, which disclosed this, said the appointment was one of the decisions reached to combat the growing insecurity brought about by the crisis between the herdsmen and farmers at the end of the meeting attended by members of the State Security Committee, Chairpersons of the 16 Local Government Councils, all First Class Traditional Rulers in the State, the leadership of Miyetti Allah, and Seriki Fulani from the 16 Local Government Areas in the State as well as those of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Kwara State Chapter.
At the meeting held on Tuesday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, Gold said the appointment was aimed at easing communication between members of MIYETTI ALLAH, the government and local farmers.
The 14-page communiqué read in part, “improve communication among MIYETTI ALLAH, Farmers and Security Agents in the State for better understanding of mode of operations of all parties for sustained peace; stem the tide of night grazing forthwith due to its potential to stir up problems among the stakeholders;
“discourage stakeholders from criminalizing herdsmen under the umbrella of MIYETTI ALLAH as well as ascribing criminality to a tribe particularly in information dissemination; appeal to the Federal Government to initiate a funding policy on ranching system that will allow the Herdsmen (i) rear their cattle without encroaching on farm lands; and (ii) have access to credit facilities at single digit rates for enhanced operations;
“improve synergy of communication among MIYETTI ALLAH, Farmers and Security Agencies; encourage MIYETTI ALLAH to carry all and sundry along in all their activities and properly identify their members to avoid demonizing and criminalizing the innocent.”