How Buhari, Jonathan, Sultan, Other Top Nigerians Made Miyetti Allah Untouchable Despite Atrocities

In the final six years, totally different curiosity teams in Nigeria have requested the Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities to label the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) a terrorist group over its alleged involvement in banditry actions.

The group had been accused of being liable for the killings and slaughtering of harmless folks in North-Central, South-East, South-West, and South-South areas. 

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Formed within the early Seventies and headquartered in Kaduna State, MACBAN was as an advocacy group for Fulani herders for a lot of many years. 

The actions of the organisation concerned liaising with the federal government on behalf of pastoralists, land use rights, nomadic training and battle decision between pastoralists and farmers.

It additionally supported defending and growing grazing reserves for cattle breeders within the nation. However, not all pastoralists supposed to remain inside grazing reserves and the organisation supplied data to persuade grazing reserve skeptics among the many nomads to purchase into the concept.

As the main promoter of welfare of Fulani pastoralists, enhance in clashes between herders and farming communities, largely from different ethnic teams for the reason that Buhari-led authorities introduced MACBAN right into a wider consciousness.

With demise tolls on the rise, many individuals pointed accusatory fingers on the group.

However, some notable Nigerians of Fulani extraction and others who’re patrons and board of trustees’ members of the affiliation have made it untouchable.

Serving as grand patrons of the affiliation are President Buhari and his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan.

According to Wikipedia, the MACBAN’s board of trustees is at all times led by the Sultan of Sokoto.

“The group’s board of trustees is led by the Sultan of Sokoto and it receives funding from the board and other donors. The national chairman is elected every four years. When MACBAN was founded it received support from Sultan Abubakar III, Aminu, Emir Zazzau, Usman Nagogo, the Emir of Katsina and Ado Bayero, late Emir of Kano. The emirs of these emirates compose a part of the group’s board of trustees,” details about the group reads.

Muhammadu Sanusi, deposed Emir of Kano had in 2018 mentioned he was a patron of the affiliation.

“As I understand it when Miyetti Allah was first set up, they requested a few Fulani emirs to be their patrons in their capacity as emirs. The first grand patron was Sultan Abubakar III and he was replaced by successive Sultans – Dasuki, Maccido and Saad Abubakar now,” he advised Punch. 

“Other patrons were emir of Kano, Lamido of Adamawa and emirs of Zazzau and Katsina, I believe. So, my predecessor was a patron and on my ascension to the throne, I became a patron. This is all nominal.”

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