On Monday, a socio-cultural group, Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore, appealed to President Bola Tinubu to explore dialogue as the “best option in resolving the political crisis in the Niger Republic.”
In a communiqué released at the end of its Annual General Meeting in Abuja, the group said any declaration of military action will have “devastating consequences in the Sahel and sub-Saharan Africa, with a negative impact on Fulani pastoralists particularly.”
In the communiqué, which was co-signed by its National President, Abdullahi Bodejo, and National Secretary, Saleh Alhassan, the group, while condemning the extra-judicial killings of pastoralists, also called for the creation of the “Ministry of Nomadic Affairs” by state governors.
“Delegates expressed appreciation to the Governor of Niger State, Muhammed Bago, for the creation of the Ministry of Nomadic Affairs and called on other states to emulate the positive gesture.
“Delegates totally condemn the continuous profiling of the Fulani race by some media organizations, particularly the social media, and urge the press to investigate the veracity of their stories before going to press or risk legal actions.
“Delegates frown on the continuous extra-judicial killing of Fulani pastoralists by security agencies in the country and call on the National Human Rights Commission to investigate these atrocities and ensure Justice is served,” Badejo said.
The group also noted that it had endorsed the establishment of the “Miyetti Allah Vigilante” security group, which will “assist security agencies in curbing criminalities such as cattle rustling, kidnapping, and rural banditry,” while adding that it also endorsed the introduction of a dress code for all its members as a way of preserving the Fulani culture.