The Fulani socio-cultural organisation Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore promised on Monday to combat injustice endured by its members across the country, saying it must end.
To that purpose, the society has formed a 55-member legal committee to investigate all situations involving its members across the country and seek legal remedy.
Two other committees, enlightenment and nomadic education, were also established to handle the issue of education and social cohesion.
During their annual general meeting in Nasarawa state’s Karu Local Government Area, the group declared their position.
According to the group, the ongoing incarceration of Fulani livestock herders in the country has pushed the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani to form a 55-member legal team to assist herdsmen who are now serving unjust prison sentences.
Speaking during the group’s AGM, Alhaji Abdullahi Bodejo, the association’s National President, said that treating all Fulani herders as criminals was false, unjust, and unfair.
He further stated that the legal team has been mandated by the association to provide legal assistance to those herders who have been unfairly abused, humiliated, or imprisoned in their fatherland.
While urging herders to live in peace and harmony with other Nigerians in order to reduce the number of people accused and arrested by security agencies, Bodejo also warned that anyone stirring up trouble among other citizens of the country and being arrested by security agencies will not be rescued by the association.
“Many of our relatives are imprisoned across the country for unjust reasons.” They are always arrested and imprisoned merely for pastoring near grazing zones.
“Others were arrested solely because they are Fulani.”
The situation has been quite concerning, which is why we decided to form a 55-man legal team to assist us in fighting for the rights of our people, particularly the innocent.
“This organisation does not promote violence.” “Because we believe in one Nigeria and remain committed to a peaceful and united nation, any of our kin found to be involved in unjustified trouble will not be assisted by our lawyers,” he stated.
Hajiya Aisha Bala Muhammed, the First Lady of Bauchi State and Matron of the Association, argued that people from all tribes in the country were implicated in crime and that Fulani herders should not be regarded as if crimes began and ended with them.
She urged members of the association to adopt the culture of teaching their children and wards in order to significantly reduce crime in society.
Earlier in his welcoming address, Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, represented by Karu LGA Chairman James Thomas, promised the organisation of the state government’s ongoing support in matters affecting its members.