Secretary-General of the Arewa Consultative Forum, the umbrella body of the North, Mr Anthony Sani, tells GODWIN ISENYO that those who claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari is tacitly supporting killer herdsmen should have their heads examined
Is President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, right to have said Miyetti Allah is another group like Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo?
I never read Mallam Garba Shehu’s comments which put Miyetti Allah on an even keel with the Afenefere and Ohanaeze to enable me to make an informed comment on the issue. But I guess he said that because Miyetti Allah is more or less an ethnic organisation reminiscent of Afenifere and Ohanaeze which are ethnic platforms per excellence. Mallam Garba Shehu may not be totally wrong in his comparison.
Is Miyetti Allah comparable to the ACF?
ACF and Miyetti Allah are not comparable in the sense that while ACF is an umbrella platform that accommodates all Northerners, irrespective of ethnicity and religion, Miyetti Allah is an ethnic organisation. ACF is not an ethnic organisation but a pressure group that also performs the roles of advocacy on issues that most Northerners share.
Will the talks the government is having with Miyetti Allah curb the spate insecurity in the country?
If the Miyetti Allah commands the confidence and loyalty of the majority of herdsmen across the nation, then the discussions can be beneficial to Nigeria. But if Miyetti Allah does not command the respect of most herdsmen, then the discussions will not be beneficial to Nigeria.
As for me, I do not want the herdsmen and farmers saga be given ethnic or religious coloration; lest such provides criminals the platforms to shield themselves and perpetrate crime, knowing full well it is difficult to prosecute people because ethnicity and religious issues are very sensitive.