Miyetti Allah Has Presented Itself As A Terrorist Organisation – Prof Akintoye

Professor Banji Akintoye speaking on Channels Television’s Newsnight.


Professor Banji Akintoye says the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has in the recent past presented themselves as a terrorist organisation.

Speaking while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s News Night, Professor Akintoye said he is shocked that anybody will equate Miyetti Allah with Afenifere, or Ohanaeze or PANDEF.

While reacting to questions regarding the farmers/herders clash in Nigeria, the renowned academic stated that “Miyetti Allah has presented itself as a terrorist organization” adding that “Afenifere is not a terrorist organization, Ohanaeze is not a terrorist organization. PANDEF is not a terrorist organization”.

Professor Akintoye further noted that he is suspicious about the intentions of the Federal Government with regard to the RUGA concept.

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According to him, it is not a question of presentation, it is a question of the agenda behind all that is happening.

As far as he is concerned, the Federal Government seems these days to be doing nothing more than to think of ways to get the Fulanis to be admitted into lands within the Southern and Middlebelt regions.

Still speaking on the clashes between herders and farmers, Professor Akintoye stated that the Yorubas are not opposed to Fulanis.

He argued that it is in the culture of the Yorubas to welcome people, adding that the Yorubas do not attack strangers on their lands.

“It is a traumatic experience for a Yoruba to raise his hand against visitors on his land,” Akintoye stressed.

Narrating what the relationship used to be in the past, the historian said; “Cattle herders were coming to our farms when I was a child; a peasant farmer’s child.

“We would go to the farm and we see the herder with the cow and we would play with the cattle and he would protect us and tell us not to go too near to them because they could kick you. He was a very nice person. He was not a hostile person who did his work.

“But now, there is an agenda. Not all cattle herders, but some herders come in to deliberately provoke conflicts because behind them are well-trained militias.”

Regarding the issues of restructuring in Nigeria, the revered writer held that Nigeria is a country of nations and not a nation in itself.

He added that each nation within Nigeria deserves to be respected.

For him, the issue of restructuring is a question of responding to the demands of the moment.

“The demands of the moment for Nigeria, if Nigeria is to survive, is to restructure.

“The reason the Northerners, especially the North-West does not accept it, is that power is in their hands.

“They see restructuring as a means of taking power away from them. Why should they support it? They won’t support it.”

As long as he is concerned, the Federal Government is so powerful and they still want more powers.

“It is not a good thing to let this country break up. It would break up if we don’t do something about this in a hurry,” Akintoye warned.

The educationist also spoke about the standard of education in Nigeria.

“We used to be very proud of our education standards in the 1950s and in 1960s’. You are asking me a question that can make me emotional because the educational system has virtually collapsed in Nigeria,” Professor Akintoye opined.

The celebrated academic added that he is very sad about what he sees these days.

“Poverty, disintegration, decline, loss of excellence. That is what I see everywhere: in primary schools, secondary schools, teacher training colleges and especially in universities which is where I know a lot. It is shocking what is happening to our universities,” he stated.

Proferring solutions to the education problem, Professor Akintoye was of the opinion that what Nigeria can do is to establish a national commission charged with the duty of looking at the educational system, describing and identifying the sources of the weakness of the decline and then proposing the solutions that will lead to a change.

He stressed that according to UNESCO, for an educational system in a country to be viable, then the country needs to be spending about 25 percent of its GDP on education.

‘We Are Afraid’, Miyetti Allah Reacts To Creation Of ‘Operation Amotekun’

The National Secretary, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan, says his organisation is afraid that if the Amotekun security outfit is allowed to operate, it could turn out to be a disaster for the country.

Alhassan who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, likened the initiative to the Oodua Peoples Congress (APC) which he claimed has the history of heinous crimes and killings.

“We are afraid because if they don’t tame this monster at the early stage, it is going to be a serious disaster for the country,” he said.

He also described the initiative as a “threat to democracy”.

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Speaking further, he accused those calling for the creation of the security outfit of planning to displace the herdsmen in the Yoruba-speaking states.

“For us, Amotekun, the Yoruba tribal militia is one of the greatest threats to democracy we now have in place. You cannot empower an ethnic militia that has a violent crime.

“Essentially what you have as Amotekun is OPC that have a history of ethnic crimes and killings. And the proponents of Amotekun have not hidden who their targets are. They have consistently said their target is to displace the herders from the Southwest,” Alhassan stated.

His comments come two weeks after Operation Amotekun was launched by the governors of South-western states, as part of an integrated approach to fight crime in the region.

But the Federal Government has described the initiative as illegal.

According to the government, no other authority at the state level, whether the executive or legislature has the legal authority over defence.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has established the Army, Navy and Airforce, including the Police and other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the defence of Nigeria,”  a statement by the Special Assistant, Media and Public Relations (Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice), Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, said.

Miyetti Allah Bans Night Grazing Nationwide

A file photo of herders in Northern Nigeria.


The bloody clashes between herders and crop farmers may soon become a thing of the past, as the umbrella organization of Fulani Cattle Rearers has banned its members from night grazing.

This decision was taken on Wednesday at the Annual General Meeting of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN) in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital as a measure to curb clashes with farmers.

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National Secretary of the association, Baba Uthman, after the meeting told journalists that the decision will become an instruction that will be communicated to every member of the group including those at the grassroots.

“This is a decision that has been taken by the highest decision making body of the association. As it is taken here, it will go down the ladder down to our members at the grassroots.

“They will be informed and sensitized concerning it,” Uthman said.

MACBAN also announced that a ban has been placed on grazing by minors and hawking of milk by teenage girls.

According to the group, these are the causes of cultural abuse and poses dangers to the underage.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner Of Police in Yobe State, Abubakar Sahabu, assured that measures have been put in place to avert further clashes and will apprehend any herdsman found grazing at night.

Offu’s Death: Miyetti Allah To Shut Down Activities For Two Days In Enugu


The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, and northern leaders have resolved to shut down business activities for two days to allow intensive security sensitisation against killer herdsmen in the state.

The south east zonal leader of the association, Gidado Siddiki, who briefed journalists in Enugu said the sensitization tour from august the 14th, will cover both market and every Fulani settlement in Enugu.

The group regretted the unfortunate killing of Reverend Father Paul Offu and pledged its commitment to work with security agencies in ensuring peace in the state.

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He said, “In appreciation of the good gesture, which Enugu State has extended to us, we are prepared to join hands with the police, the military and other security agencies in ensuring maximum security in our neighbourhood.”

The Northern leaders, therefore, expressed their “profound appreciation to Enugu State Government for the peace that prevails in the state which according to them has helped in their business as well as “the peaceful co-existence they have enjoyed over the years.

Rev. Fr. Paul Offu was shot dead along Ihe-Agbudu Road in Awgu Local Government Area by yet to be identified hoodlums.

Farmers-Herders Crisis: CAN, Miyetti Allah Meets On Grazing


Following recent attacks rising from the farmers-herders’ conflicts across Nigeria, leaders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) have called for the collaboration of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in uniting the different religious groups in the country for peaceful resolutions.

The National Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Ngelzarma says the group is kicking off several stakeholder engagements to resolve the problem.

Speaking on Wednesday during a courtesy visit to the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the nation’s capital, Abuja, the Miyetti Allah leader also re-affirmed the group’s commitment to supporting the police in prosecuting the killers of the daughter of the leader of Afenifere, Mrs Funke Olakunri.

Ngelzarma said that the cattle breeders association sought partnership with CAN to demonstrate its desire toward peace and mutual resolution of the lingering conflicts.

“MACBAN wishes to request the partnership of CAN in uniting the different religious groups in the country for peaceful resolution of the farmers-herders conflicts.

“We should unite against hatred and support all government initiatives toward solving the conflict.”

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He said that Miyetti Allah acknowledged the increasing tension between farmers and its members in the last five years due to a scarcity of pasture overgrazing reserve as a result of climate change.

Ngelzarma said that the body was duly aware of the effort by the Federal Government in conjunction with state governors to address the farmers-herders conflicts through the 10-year National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) 2019 to 2028.

He said that the association had embraced the plan fully and had already trained her national and state executives on negotiation, peacebuilding and conflicts prevention in preparation for the plan.

Court Dismisses Miyetti Allah’s Suit Seeking To Restrain Open Grazing Law

FILE PHOTO: A Hausa-Fulani boy stands while his cattle is grazing near some farms in the outskirts of Sokoto, Sokoto State, Nigeria, on April 22, 2019. PHOTO: Luis TATO / AFP


A Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Okon Abang has dismissed a suit filed by Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.

The suit is challenging and seeking to restrain the 2017 Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment Law passed by the Benue State House of Assembly

The court, on Thursday, also awarded a cost of N100, 000 against the plaintiff to be paid to all the 14 defendants before any other step can be taken in the suit.

The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore had earlier approached the court with a prayer seeking a mandatory injunction of the court restraining the Benue State government from implementing the law as passed by the Benue State House of Assembly

Justice Abang predicated his decision on the failure of the plaintiff to comply with an earlier order of the court delivered 19 months ago directing them to file an amended originating summons.

Benue Anti-Open Grazing Law

The Benue State government on November 1, 2017 officially effected its ban on open grazing throughout the state.

This was after Governor Samuel Ortom on May 22, signed the anti-open grazing and anti-kidnapping, abduction, cultism and terrorism bills into law.

According to the governor, the anti-grazing law would put to an end to incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Benue State.

He lamented the destruction of lives and property in clashes involving farmers and herdsmen over the years, and promised to promote ranching since it had proved to be the best way of rearing livestock globally.

Miyetti Allah Is A Legal Stake Holder In Our Nation And Should Be Respected – Presidency

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity


The Presidency has said that Miyetti Allah is is legal stake holder in the affairs of the nation and as such should be accorded the respect it deserves.

This statement is in reaction to a controversy that followed a presidential spokesperson’s comment in which he likened the group, Miyetti Allah, to Afenifere and Ohaneze Ndigbo.

Spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, had said that the herders’ group should not be criminalised and should be seen and addressed by Nigerians with the respect accorded other socio-cultural groups.

Garba Shehu made the assertion on Thursday when he featured as a guest on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily.

Reacting to the spokesman’s statements, the other socio-cultural groups in separate statements condemned the comments and criticised the Buhari-led administration’s decision to dialogue with Miyetti Allah, which have been linked to several cases of violence across Nigeria.

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However, in his response on Friday, Garba Shehu said “Miyetti Allah, like any other trade, community, ethnic organization or interest group is a legal stake holder in our nation and should be respected. We maintain that the government needs to engage all stakeholders and seek partnership in building our country.

“The activities of Miyetti Allah do not benefit selected ethnicities or Muslims only, but everyone. Long before petroleum became the core of Nigerian economy, agriculture was the main source of Nigerian wealth. Cattle, hides and skin were a major part of Nigerian export.

“It is right to state that there are criminals among every group in Nigeria and in every country. There are criminals among the northern population as there are in the southern part of the country. It is not good to generalise blames. The government will engage each stakeholder and create dialogue between, and among, different groups.”

The President’s spokesman debunked claims that the government gave N100 billion to Miyetti Allah for dubious reasons, describing it as absolute falsehood.

“The issue of money was never raised at any of the meetings between the representatives of government and Miyetti Allah. If they had raised it, this government would have dismissed them as yet another dubious group, like the many making claims to be representing our trusting people but serving their own interests.

“We choose again to speak on this because it is dangerous for the public to ignore rumours aimed at inciting people against each other or against the government. The people spreading such rumours should be helped to see the truth and participate in nation building, and not become crisis messengers,” Garba Shehu Said.

He surmised that the President has stated time and again, that transparency and dialogue are essential for public enlightenment and nation building.

Miyetti Allah Is Like Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere – Garba Shehu

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has likened the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) with the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Afenifere socio-cultural groups.

While appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, he said the group isn’t linked to banditry activities.

“The Miyetti Allah group is like Ohanaeze Ndigbo or the Afenifere. It’s just a cultural group,” he said.

The presidential spokesman admitted that the Federal Government is engaging the leadership of the association.

The meeting follows reported attacks by herdsmen that have led to the loss of several lives and properties.

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When asked if the Federal Government offered a large sum of money to MACBAN to appease them, he simply denied it, saying: That is an absolute falsehood. In all of those meetings, nothing like money was discussed.”

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity

According to the presidential spokesman, the meeting was for the leadership of the group to prevail on its erring members.

He explained that the existence of some miscreants in a group does not entirely mean the entire members of the association are criminals.

“There are criminals with the Yoruba race and you cannot say because there are Yoruba criminals, then Afenifere is a band of criminals,” he stated.

Presidency Denies Offering N100bn To Miyetti Allah


The presidency has denied offering N100 billion naira to the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity debunked claims that the amount was seen to appease the association over the reported killing by some herdsmen.

“That is an absolute falsehood. In all of those meetings, nothing like money was discussed,” he said when asked if the Federal Government offered the sum to the association.

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The presidential spokesman explained that the meeting was for the leadership of the group to prevail on its erring members.

According to Shehu, the existence of some miscreants in a group does not entirely mean the entire members of the association are criminals.

He noted that Miyetti Allah is a cultural group just like the Afenifere associated with the Yorubas and the Ohaneze Ndigbo of the southeast.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity

“The Miyetti Allah group is like Ohanaeze Ndigbo or the Afenifere. It’s just a cultural group.

“There are criminals with the Yoruba race and you cannot say because there are Yoruba criminals, then Afenifere is a band of criminals,” he stated.

Tiv Group Files N550bn Suit Against Buhari, Miyetti Allah, Others

The Incorporated Trustees of Mdzough-U-Tiv, a socio-cultural association of the Tiv people, have filed a N550 billion fundamental rights suit against President Muhammadu Buhari and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria as compensation for damages for the victims of attacks by herdsmen in Benue State.

Others listed as respondents in the suit, filed at a Federal High Court in Abuja, which has the President-General of Mdzough-U-Tiv, Mr Edward Ujege, as plaintiff, are the Incorporated Trustees of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore; Abdullahi Bodejo, Saleh Al Hassan; Garius Gololo and Husaini Bosso.

Apart from the demand for monetary compensation, the plaintiffs are asking the court for an order directing President Buhari to provide adequate and effective security and protection to all surviving victims and members of the affected communities in their ancestral homes and everywhere in Benue State.

The suit chronicled attacks by “armed herdsmen” in the state leading to the wanton destruction of lives and property including schools, hospitals, worship centres, markets and farmlands belonging to the various communities where the attacks took place.

The trial judge, Justice I. Ekwo ordered the substituted service of the court processes on the respondents through newspaper publication and fixed hearing October 24, 2018.

Southern Peoples Forum Leader Accuses Miyetti Allah Of Terrorism

The Publicity Secretary of Southern Peoples forum, Isuwa Dogo, has accused leaders of Miyetti Allah of engaging in and sponsoring terrorist activities.

Dogo made these claims on Monday, on Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily. According to him, local Fulani residents are not responsible for the incessant killings across the country but the Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore are the ones responsible for sponsoring killings and attacks.

“Those who are doing the killings are terrorists. They are not the local Fulani that lives among us and inter-marry. They are after us from village to village, killing people.

“The local Fulani man does not know of the existence of Miyetti Allah and they are not part of it. All these people that call themselves Miyetti Allah are simply cattle traders and terrorists. They are the ones sponsoring terrorism and they are not different from Boko Haram,” he said.

The Southern Peoples Forum Leader also claimed that there is no conflict between farmers and herders hence his disapproval of the tag farmers-herders clash.

“There is no farmers-herders clash. They burn the villages, kill the people, destroy everything, is there a clash there? With sophisticated weapons, people are eliminated. This is a planned genocide of the Middle Belt people.”

The Secretary-General of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Usman Baba-Ngelzerma in response, however, debunked Dogo’s claims noting that the group is not and will never support senseless killings. ‘We are not criminals,’ Baba-Ngelzerma stressed.

Miyetti Allah Demands Apology From Benue State Govt

The Secretary-General, Miyetti Kautal Hore, Mr Saleh Alhassan, has demanded an apology from the Benue State Government for linking the association to the attacks and killings in the state.

Alhassan made the demand on Monday during his appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

According to Alhassan, the recent arrest of the Commander of the Benue State Livestock Guards, Aliyu Teshaku, has vindicated the association.

“Today, they have arrested Aliyu Teshaku who is alleged to be the Head of the Livestock Guard in Benue who is behind those killings. He is arrested now,” he said.

“People that killed the two clergymen and 17 others in the church are being tried in Makurdi and they are all Tiv people. And they are all members of the livestock guard working for Governor Ortom.

“So we expect by now there should be an apology from the Benue State Government to our association because we have never promoted violence. We have always advocated for a peaceful resolution of the crisis.”

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Apart from linking Tiv people to the attack on the Catholic church in Benue State that left two priests and 17 other worshippers dead, Alhassan accused the state government of propaganda against the association.

“I have always insisted that Governor Samuel Ortom is on a voyage of propaganda against our association,” he said. “And today, if you look at the arrest made in Benue, with respect to the perpetrators of the conflict there, you look at their ethnicity and background and you look at who is employing them, we have been vindicated.”

Alhassan’s comments come in the wake of attacks that have gripped the north-central state in which many people have been killed and many others displaced.

Allegations making the rounds say that the killings may be connected with the Anti-Grazing Law signed by Governor Samuel Ortom last year that led to a faceoff between the state government and herdsmen.

War of words

Since January 1, 2018, when suspected herdsmen attacked villages in Benue State killing 73 persons, Governor Ortom has repeatedly accused the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore of being responsible for the attacks, vowing not to go back on the prohibition against open grazing.

The governor has also rejected claims that the state government armed militia groups in the state and that it had a hand in the attacks.

To back its claim, the state government said it had documentary evidence linking the association to the killings and it engaged the police in a war of words earlier in the year over the failure to act on the evidence.

In April 2018, the state government filed a case against the association at the State High Court in Makurdi, accusing it of murder and widespread violence across 14 out of the 23 local councils of the state

On its part, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has rejected all allegations against it insisting it is a peaceful organisation.

As far as it is concerned, the prohibition of open grazing and subsequent actions by the state government are responsible for the violence, claims Governor Samuel Ortom denies.