WorldStage Newsonline– Nigeria’s Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees’ Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin has called on the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to shelve its proposed idea of forming ‘Fulani Vigilance’ group in the South-East of the country as being proposed by the them.
Jibrin, who is also the Chairman of the Concerned Fulani Leaders said at a press conference in Kaduna that any attempt to form a vigilante in the South-east or any part of the South, would further aggravate the already bad situation on ground regarding the Fulani race.
According him, the Miyetti Allah should instead find a lasting way of ending the feud between herders’ and farmers across the country.
He enjoined Fulani groups all over Nigeria to come together as one and find a way of ending the farmers/herders’ clashes across the country.
He also proposed a peace conference that would involved all and sundry especially farmers/herders, noting that the conference should be devoid of any personal, political and tribal affinities.
He said: “I want to call on all Fulani Associations in Nigeria to stop the idea of forming Herdsmen vigilante in South East and in the whole of Southern Nigeria in order to allow peace and harmony to reign in the country.
“Instead, as Sakin Fulani and one of the Fulani and Northern elders, I want to advise all existing Fulani Associations to first of all unite together by coming into a round table conference to enable them discuss extensively the problems of Herdsmen and the Farmers and the various communities in Nigeria, with a view of finding a lasting solutions to situation which is becoming a matter of concern to Nigerians by avoiding further escalation of the already bad situation which calls for continued dialogue to bring sanity among the Herdsmen and the various communities.
“The dialogue should involve the whole states in Nigeria. The Federal Government must also come immediately to end this feud. The peace conference should be devoid of any personal, political and tribal interest.
“After the meeting of all the Fulani Association’s, their recommendations should be presented to Fulani Emirs and Elders under The leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, who should invite all the governor’s to discuss the issues raised.
“It is my views that forming the Herdsmen Vigilante group in the South will only aggravate the situation instead of solving them.”
He also called on all governors in the South East states and the South to remain calm over the matter as all efforts are on to solve the problems.
It would be recalled that the Miyetti Allah leaders had offered to raised Fulani vigilante outfit to protect the South-eastern region of the country .