By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN) has called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency devise a mechanism whereby town hall meetings between Herdsmen and the Host Community will hold and the differences sorted out.
The Vice President of the council, Sheikh Abdur’Rasheed Hadiyatullahi, who doubles as the Co-ordinator of Concerned Yoruba Muslims Scholars in Nigeria, made the call in Osogbo during a press conference at the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Osogbo on Thursday.
Hadiyatullahi noted that the herders and farmers crisis is not a Nigerian problem alone, hence the need for Nigeria to seek an enduring panacea to its own peculiar problems instead of aggravating the conflict.
“Instead of issuing threats and counter-threats, we appeal to the various ethnicities in the country to understand the nature of the conflict,” he said.
The Sheik also suggested that Cattle Ranch be created, which, according to him, will help in preventing the herdsmen from roaming around the city and invading people’s farms and destroying their crops.
He said the council was not in support of banning open grazing without providing an alternative means for Fulani herdsmen to pasture their livestock.
According to Hadiyatullahi, “Across the country, herdsmen are everywhere. So, we want the Nigerian Government to give them places to ranch their cows. If you ban open grazing without providing a place where their livestock will be reared. How do you want them to survive? Won’t they not be constituting problems?
“These people (Fulani herdsmen) have no address; their address is their cows. So, Government should give them cattle ranches where they will be identified. They must be allowed to rear their cows because we need cows for our ceremonies.
“Nigeria needs to seek an enduring panacea to its own peculiar problems instead of aggravating the conflict.
“The most surprising part of the whole challenge is that the crisis is between the people who have lived peacefully as brothers for years. For instance, Sunday Adeyemo aka Igboho recently gave quit notice to the Hausa-Fulani in Igangan, Oke Ogun area of Oyo State, and led indigenes of the area to attack the Hausa-Fulani community on Friday, 22nd January 2021.
“The incident allegedly resulted in the destruction of houses and vehicles. And this has also led to rising tensions in the country with expected backlash effect, with fear that the stabbing at Igangan may lead to bleeding in Kano or Kaduna. There are also some pockets of similar incidents across the nation.”