We are also bidding for the restructuring of Nigeria - Miyetti Allah.

We are also bidding for the restructuring of Nigeria - Miyetti Allah.

The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore herdsmen group has disclosed that they support restructuring as that will enable the Fulanis to go their way.

The call for restructuring of the country has become an unending national discourse, especially from the southern region, who see it as the only veritable way in moving the country forward.

In an interview with THE PUNCH on Saturday, the National Secretary of Miyetti Allah, Saleh Alhassan revealed that the Fulanis are no longer indifferent in the issue of restructuring.
He stated that the marginalization been meted on the herdsmen has made it necessary for them to support the move for restructuring.

Alhassan said that it was best if they were on their own where they would be protected.

He said: "We don't support crime. So, I'm not saying there are no Fulani criminals, there are, like other tribes, but don't destroy their profession. It's not good for the country. If everything busts, it's to the herders' advantage because we are not even enjoying the federation.

"We are even bidding for restructuring of the country; let every part go, so we can say this is where we are. As it is now, there is no form of marginalization we are not seeing in this country. Everywhere we are being marginalized. You think we will accept Nigeria where we don't have access to land to feed our animals and you think there will be peace?"

Alhassan also downplayed the notion that the Fulanis and herdsmen enjoy massive privileges and backup from President Muhammadu Buhari.

He insisted that the herders are worst off under this administration with no benefits accrued to them.

"The mistake people make is that they think when they put pressure on herders they are getting at President (Muhammadu) Buhari. Buhari has no relationship with the herders. That is the truth. When people say, he is our grand patron, was Jonathan from the South-South, not our grand patron?

"If the President is a Fulani, it doesn't in any way affect the life of a herder. In fact, they are worse off under Buhari. What are they benefitting? They don't access any government facility or social amenity, yet they are responsible for the bulk of animal protein we produce in this country. I think it's deliberate for people to think otherwise.

"Buhari has not done anything for us other than creating enemies for us. Herders are being chased around. Let us look at the larger picture and not allow enemies to penetrate us. If Buhari loves the herders, he would have created the grazing reserves for them," he said.