The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, warned Thursday that it would keep President Muhammad Buhari accountable if there is a violation of law and order in any part of the world, claiming that the Federal Government has funded the Miyetti Allah.
The leaders of the SMBLF, Yinka Odumakin (South West), Chief Guy Ikokwu (South East), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South South) and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt) responded to the seven-day ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen to clear their forest reserves.
The leaders observed that the issue was solely a residual matter which the Federal Government had no business to interfere with.
The Forum clarified that no prudent governor in any part of the world would allow for what the federal government needs for the Fulani herdsmen.
SMBLF warned, “Should there be any breakdown of law and order in any part of the country over this encouragement of Miyetti Allah against law and order, President Buhari will be held squarely responsible.”
It explained, “The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) is compelled to warn the Federal Government on the dangerous game it is playing over its overt support for Miyetti Allah to violate the lawful order of Ondo State Government banning grazing in its forest reserves.”
It added, “We are supposed to be the Federal Republic and Forest Reserves in states are fully residual matter to which the Federal Government has no business with.”
The Federal Government, in a statement by Garba Shehu, claimed that the Governor of Ondo lacked full powers to decide on its reserves, notwithstanding the Land Use Act, which puts land in states in the hands of governors.
It noted that it was a continuation of the obsessed attachment to Miyetti Allah, as the President ordered Governor Ortom to go and live peacefully with the killers after Miyetti Allah killed 78 star people in January 2019, in order to deter Ondo from keeping its rights in its reserves in the face of persistent killings by herders illegally occupying the reserves.
The group called on all governors of all non-fulani communities who are forced to live under Fulani terror to take effective steps to protect their residents lawfully.