The South-West state chapters of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, an umbrella body for herdsmen in the country, have said they will attend the public hearing on the Operation Amotekun bill scheduled for Monday across all the states in the region.
Speaking in various interviews, the respective leaders of the group in some of the states said the public hearing is an avenue for them to express the views of their members on the security outfit.
The public hearing comes after the bill passed the first and second readings in most of the states’ Houses of Assembly.
Speaking on the bill, AbdulMumin Ibrahim, Chairman of Miyetti Allah in Ogun State, said he would suggest that the membership of the security outfit should not be limited to the Yorubas alone.
“I will be at the public hearing on Monday because I wish to share my thoughts. We want it to be all-inclusive. We don’t want it to be run like Oodua People’s Congress where only a tribe is in charge. When we wanted to join OPC, we were told that it was meant for only one tribe. If it is in the interest of peace, all the tribes must be involved. We will appreciate if our members are incorporated into Amotekun as corps,” Ibrahim told the Punch.
Also speaking, Garuba Bello, Chairman of the Ondo State chapter of Miyetti Allah, confirmed that he and his members will be in attendance at the public hearing.
“Whatever the government wants us to do we will do. We will go there (for the public hearing) and present our position too. We are with the government,” he said.
Oluwatoyi Sulaimon, Chairman of the Fulani Association in Osun State, said the group would meet on Sunday to take a position before attending the public hearing.
He said: “I have an invite for the hearing. We are going to meet on Sunday and take a position. We will attend and make our position known there.”
On his part, Adam Abdulkadri, the Organising Secretary II of the Oyo State chapter of Miyetti Allah, stated that the group will emphasise the joint work of security by all residents of the state.
“We comply with government’s directives and we maintain mutual relationships with other groups within the state. They attend our meetings and we attend their meetings too. Our message to the public is that in Oyo State, the challenges of security are for all of us to address. We should jointly work for peace and security. If we don’t work towards that, we won’t be upholding the dictates of the constitution,” he said.