THE Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has called for establishment of Fulani Youth Vigilante body in communities of the south east, to cement it’s host community counterparts and other legal security body in the zone.
Speaking on sad note by the herdsmen, National President of MACBAN, Alhaji Mohammadu Kirowa said that once insecurity was raised in Nigeria, the first thing that come to minds was Fulani the herdsmen.
Representing the president by the National Secretary, Alhaji Baba Usman Ngelzerma, MACBAN point out that south east was a nice host that is why it condemns all forms of violence and criminalities with its patrons such as the Sultan of Sokoto, the Emir of Kano and the Lamido of Adamawa.
Meanwhile The group demand the establishment of Fulani Youth Vigilante group, observed that “the Fulani Youth Vigilant body will be working with the security, the neighborhood watch or vigilante to ensure security in all communities, as it was done in Enugu state.
“We will solicit for your support and cooperation in adopting dialogue where problems exist as a means of brokering peace and to report cases against our members to either the Fulani Youth Vigilante Group, state or local branch of the association,” Kirowa said.
Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, Governor of Ebonyi state, Engr. Dave Umahi who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kelechi Igwe said that the region cannot engage in policy of exclusion to limit any farmer or herder, but that rules of engagement should be observed in every relationship.
Igwe said “We will continue to accommodate the Miyetti Allah but our plea to them is that as we are magnanimous to allow settlers, every community has a custom that need not to be violated.
It is the violation that breeds problem.
“I believe that at the end, resolutions will generate further national dialogue, promote agenda setting and a solution to the lingering national insecurity.
All we need is the good idea of one or two men to find direction and I believe this summit will do that.” On its part, the Commissioner in charge of Human Rights in the Police Service Commission, Mr. Rommy Mom lamented the inadequacy of the Nigeria Police personnel, noting that today Nigeria boasts of under 350, 000 police officers.
“This translates to 1.6 police officers to every 100,000 Nigerian, which is a far cry from the world standard of 225 police officers to every 100,000 people."