The Bauchi State chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, vowed yesterday that the association would resist any attempt by Southern governors to evict herdsmen.
Miyetti Allah made the statement after the Southwest governors and their monarchs backed ban on open grazing in Ibadan, Oyo state, yesterday.
He said it would be tit for tat by the north should the herders be evicted from the south.
Speaking to Newsonspot.com.ng yesterday, Ahmed said: ‘’Everyone has the right to live anywhere he or she wants.
“In fact, herdsmen, based on their activity of pastoralism, own every part of Nigeria. So why should anyone go against the constitution?
‘’If the southern governors insist on sending our people away, we will have no option than to send their people packing too.
“We are no fools. We are only studying the situation. We are all human beings.
“If the leaders want to cause problems, they should not forget about the ordinary citizens.
“For now, we will remain loyal and we will also educate our people on the need for peaceful cohabitation. We won’t act like the foolish governors and leaders.
“If the custodians of law say there is no law, then are we the ones to uphold the law? We are only trying to protect our own.”
“Besides, we can survive on our own because we produce our own food. Aside former President Olusegun Obasanjo in the Southwest, who else can feed up to 100 people?”
Sadiq, who added that any killer herdsman arrested should be severely dealt with, said the association (Miyetti Allah) will never encourage any criminality by herdsmen in the South.