The National Secretary of the Cattles Breeders Association, Miyetti Allah, Saleh Alhassan has noted that the group won’t hesitate to retaliate the killings of herders in any part of the country.
He added that no one has the power to evict them in any part of the country they choose to stay in. According to him, the herders being attacked are innocent.
There have been reports of clashes between herders/Hausa and some Yoruba communities in the past few days as tension continues to rise between the two groups in the South.
This comes after a series of eviction notices given to herders in the South by some state governments as well as some personalities.
However, in an interview with Punch Newspapers, Mr Alhassan said those that attacked its members should not go to sleep with their two eyes closed.
Nobody has the right (to evict herdsmen). If you say you are going to evict us, we will resist eviction. We have been surviving in harsh environments. If we do not resist, we will be wiped out of the planet. If you kill a herder, don’t go and sleep, we will revisit you, and it’s not because we hate your tribe. People attack herders, and in one way or the other, herders have found a way to retaliate
All those who travelled to the Benin Republic and others are coming back home. All those saying they will bar foreign herders from entering Nigeria are just playing to the gallery because if they are aware of the ECOWAS Protocols, they would know they cannot chase them away. That is why the position of the Bauchi State Governor is the true position. You have no right to evict anybody from any part of the country.
Our number has increased recently because of the tension in Ghana and Benin Republics. The ones in Benin Republic have integrated with the Yoruba in such a way that they speak the language. They were initially living in the South-West, and they are coming back.
They expected a reaction from us, maybe by way of attacking other ethnic nationalities. But that is wrong because the herders they are attacking are the innocent herders. Are the criminals representing anybody? They are doing their criminal enterprise. Our own pain is that the people who are supposed to know are pretending as if they don’t know.