The Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, warned the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, on Sunday against the purposeful misrepresentation of Yorubaland’s indigenous demographics, claiming that no Fulani settlement in Southwest Nigeria meets the dictionary definition of indigenous.
“In Ondo and most of the Southern states, we have indigenous pastoralists whose fathers were grown up in those states, and those who are there today were also raised up there,” MACBAN Secretary General Usman Baba-Ngelzerma was reported as saying during a live TV interview. So, if you ask them to go, they won’t know where to go because these states are familiar to them as their own.”
In response to MACBAN, the ARG’s Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, said in a statement: “There is no Fulani man or woman residing in any region of Southwest Nigeria who can claim the community’s ancestral past as his or her family’s history.” On the other hand, none of the Fulani families that originally migrated in Yorubaland had a migration tale that cannot be told by the Yoruba people.
“The intentional use of phrases that impose a position on the Fulani people that is not theirs poses a security threat and does not portray MACBAN and its members as peace-loving people. The nuance in Baba-wording Ngelzerma’s adds to the MACBAN’s purported covert intention to seize and claim ancestral land for its members.
“Baba-Ngelzerma’s allegation that there are Fulani individuals who have no other ancestry than their place of birth is based on deception, purposeful misrepresentation of facts, and a wicked strategy to redraw the demographics of indigenes in Southwest Nigeria.”
“Migration is a global phenomenon, and anyone should be able to live in any part of the world that suits his or her ambition,” the group’s spokesperson said, but added that “the ease of integration of a settler into a society is never determined by the settler’s terms, but by his or her willingness to abide by the laws and norms of the society.”
“When in Rome, do what the Romans do,” he explained. Members of MACBAN and other Fulani herders want to come here on their own terms, using the most disgusting and cruel method, which the governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, has vehemently opposed.”