A group of cattle breeders in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has said no one has the right to evict herdsmen from the forest reserves in Ondo state because all the land in Nigeria belong to Fulani. Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, the national president of the association told the Sun newspaper in an interview that herders will not obey Akeredolu’s directive mandating them to vacate the forests reserves…

He said the herders do not need anybody’s permission to use a forest for grazing so far as it provides the nutrients needed by their cattle.

Bodejo said: “All the lands in this country belong to the Fulani, but we don’t have any business to do with land if it doesn’t have areas for grazing; if the land doesn’t have cow food, we won’t have any business with it. We don’t sell land, we don’t farm. What we consider is the areas that have cow food. If the place is good for grazing, we don’t need anybody’s permission to go there.” He said the group had filed a legal action challenging the legality of the Ondo state governor’s order. Bodejo distanced herdsmen from kidnappings, armed robberies and other violent crimes reportedly being carried out in parts of the country. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force is reportedly planning to arrest a youth leader, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, over the quit notice he issued to herdsmen in a community in Oyo state.

The Cable, citing the BBC Hausa service reported that the inspector-general of police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the arrest of the youth leader for his ultimatum to the cattle dealers. According to the publication, the BBC Hausa stated that a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu had confirmed the IGP’s order.