Three main socio-cultural organisations of the people of Benue State have faulted a media statement credited to the Myetti Allah Kautal Hore, alleging that they would again rise against the state’s anti-grazing law.
In a communique signed on Sunday by the leaders of the three bodies made up of Mdzough U Tiv, Idoma National Forum and Ominy’Igede and made available to Daily Trust in Makurdi, the group reiterated its call for the arrest of the Myetti Allah’s officials over the said publication contained in a national daily.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the leaders of Miyetti Allah and published in The Nation newspaper of Saturday, May 19, 2018 under the caption: “Again Miyetti Allah leaders rise against Benue anti-grazing law,” in which they vowed to do everything possible to resist any law that is against their culture, movement and economic interest.
“We maintain that it is sheer mischief for the leaders of Miyetti Allah to ask President Muhammadu Buhari to call Governor Samuel Ortom to order, because the anti-open grazing law was not made by Ortom.
“It is a law of the people of Benue state through their democratically elected representatives as a last resort in their futile efforts to find peace and ensure security of lives and property in the state,” the communique reads in part.
The group also noted that It was unfortunate that the leaders of Myetti Allah had deliberately chosen to use Ortom as a scape goat in their allegedly ethnic cleansing agenda in Benue state.
“We state emphatically that the anti-open grazing law does not stultify the culture, movement or economic interests of any person or group of persons, including members of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Association. That is why uptil now, a good number of herders, including Fulanis, Hausas and other groups with good intentions, still reside peacefully in Benue state.” the communique added.