Governors of Nigeria’s South East region have rejected a proposal by the Fulani pastoralists group, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to establish local vigilante groups in the region.
Backstory: The group made the suggestion during a South East security meeting held last week in Enugu with the Governors present. However, the suggestion has been met with angry criticisms by several stakeholders both within and outside the region. A South East separatist group MASSOB in their reaction described the Governors as “cowards and political errand men.”
Per Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who spoke on behalf of South East Governors Forum, following the widespread outrage:
- “South-East governors have their local vigilance groups working with security agencies; any such demand by Miyetti group is a joke and not acceptable.”
- “We insist there will be no Miyetti vigilante, no cattle ranch or colony; but we must live peacefully with herdsmen that do not destroy our farm lands especially those that were born here and have lived peacefully with us.”
Why it matters: The South East is currently experiencing a security crisis. The South East leaders have in the past pointed fingers at the herdsmen accusing them of masterminding the various killings, kidnappings and rape of persons in various communities in the region. That is especially why the Miyetti Allah proposal would be almost impossible to sell in the region.