Kwara State chapter of Miyetti Allah Association of Cattle Breeders, has disclosed that it will keep blocking the sales of foodstuff and cattle to the southwest until the safety of Fulanis is guaranteed in the region.
The state’s coordinator, Aliyu Mohammed made this declaration in Ilorin on Sunday.
Mr Mohammed said the strike is a warning towards establishing peaceful operation of businesses by the Fulani and to end the harassment of the tribe in the south.
Increased kidnappings and insurgency acts in the southwest region has led to friction between the Yoruba residents and the Fulani communities who have been linked to the crimes.
Mohammed however rejected these allegations and said, “Just as you have in any society where there are good and bad people.”
He added “It is not only Fulanis that commit crimes in the country, but it was sad that everything happening now is heaped on Fulani herdsmen.
“We have concluded at our meeting today that anybody who comes to Kwara State claiming to be Fulani herder under questionable circumstances, will be reported to the security agencies for necessary action.
“Our vigilantes will monitor the bush and the forests where there are no security agencies and report suspected cattle rustlers who disguise as cattle herders to perpetrate crimes.”
Mohammed appealed to the Federal government to arrest Sunday Igboho, who evicted the Fulani from Igangan in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State, for the alleged destruction of their properties and killing of their people.