*Nigeria falling apart, NEF, Afenifere, MBF, PANDEF tell FG
*Wake up to your responsibility —NEF spokesman
*FG should do the needful —Afenifere
*Present govt may midwife disintegration of Nigeria —Middle Belt Forum
*Let’s work together to end reign of terror —PANDEF
*Blame governors for rise in banditry — Miyetti Allah
By Dapo Akinrefon, Peter Duru & Davies Iheamnachor
LAGOS — One of the umbrella bodies of herdsmen in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, said yesterday that herders are facing many challenges from hostile host communities, including vigilante groups and other criminal elements who rustle cows in the country.
This came as popular Islamic scholar, Ahmad Gumi, insisted yesterday that bandits be granted amnesty.
According to him, the bandits will not let go of their arms if they are not assured of their safety and rehabilitation.
Spokesman of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Hassan, who stated this, said some displaced herders in the country who were dispossessed of their cows, have ended up becoming bandits terrorising Nigerians, especially through kidnapping.
Hassan said it is unfair to label every herder a criminal, adding that it is sad that herders had been singled out for victimisation.
He said the herders-cum-bandits were fighting an economic fight of survival and not an ideological fight.
According to him, states banning open grazing and chasing out herders from their domains are unknowingly creating crisis for themselves.
States, including Benue, Ekiti and Ondo, among others, have enacted laws against open grazing to stave off constant clashes between herders and farmers.
Blame government for rise in banditry
He also said some bandits were herders who became radicalised after they lost cattle as a result of the ban placed by some governors on open grazing.
Alhassan said: “Let him ( Ganduje) put in place the infrastructure. Kano is a semi-arid state. What has he provided even to the herders in Kano? Kano is a heavily cultivated area during the dry season. So, what alternative have you provided for the herders? It is not about cheap idle political talks. These are real issues.