– The ongoing constitution review in every part of the country by the members of the National Assembly has continued to unveil new demands
– Officials of Miyetti Allah in Kogi have presented their memorandum at the North Central zonal public hearing for constitution review in Lokoja, Kogi state
– According to them, members of the group have been marginalised by the federal government in terms of education
Members of the Kogi chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) have said the group wants scholarships for Fulanis across the country.
Premium Times reports that the ethnic group traditionally consists mainly of nomads and herders from the northern parts of the country.
Legit.ng gathered that the group is believed to be marginalised in terms of education as they are listed amongst Educationally Less Developed States (ELDS).
The cattle breeder’s group demanded that the Fulanis should be considered for scholarships from primary to tertiary education levels.
We need primary institutions in Fulani settlements
In an exclusive chat with Premium Times, Wakili Damina, the chairman of Kogi MACBAN and his assistant secretary, Hamza Bello, after their presentation at the North Central zonal public hearing for constitution review in Lokoja, Kogi state capital, on Wednesday, June 2.
According to the report, Damina and Bello said the exercise did not address matters “that will help Fulanis.”
Bello further stated that they did not get proper information about the event until Tuesday, June 1, adding that they need primary institutions in Fulani settlements everywhere.
“We need primary institutions in Fulani settlements everywhere. We need the government to bring Fulani closer.
“We want youth empowerment and government should give them scholarships to attend primary, secondary school and tertiary institutions.”
Governor Akeredolu denies calling for scraping of Senate
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, disassociated himself from claims that he is agitating for the scrapping of the Senate.
It was reported that while speaking through Donald Ojogo, the Ondo state commissioner for information and orientation, Akeredolu on Wednesday, June 2, described the report as a product of interpretative error.
Ojogo clarified that the governor, like many other right-thinking and well-meaning Nigerians, is calling for a functional and single legislative body so as to reduce cost.
The governor stated this on Tuesday, June 1, at the southwest zonal public hearing on the review constitution, held at the International Cultural and Event Centre, Akure.
Akeredolu who was represented by his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, also called for a unicameral legislature for Nigeria.
I didn’t ask Buhari to suspend the Nigerian constitution
In a related report, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, described a report which alleged that he advised President Buhari to suspend the Nigerian constitution for the purpose of tackling the escalating insecurity in the country as fabricated.
The minister in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, on Wednesday, June 2, said there was never a time he sent a secret memo to the presidency suggesting such anti-constitutional measure.