Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association Tells South East We Come In Peace, We Want Your Money Not Your Land
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has assured the Igbo that the interest of its members was neither to grab their land nor annihilate them. It said its interest is purely economic.
Gidado Siddiki MACBAN Chairman of the Southeast zone (below) made the clarification yesterday after a meeting of the joint executive council of the group in Enugu
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Siddiki explained that the clarification became necessary following growing suspicion and speculation in some quarters as well as an abundance of fake, false and misleading news about the Association.
He insisted that it was imperative to correct the faulty impression that their interests in the region were beyond economic pursuits and not as agents of Fulani territorial expansionism as widely believed.
He said that such suspicion had made their members increasingly uncomfortable and soured many relationships in parts of the region.
“This suspicion is rooted in speculations that herdsmen are harbingers of Fulani territorial expansionism.
”However, the leadership of MACBAN under my watch in the Southeast has continued to dialogue appreciably well with the individual state governments in the zone.
”I am happy that the dialogue gives us hope for better understanding between our members and their host communities.”
Siddiki also assured that the group would not hesitate to report any of its members found to be involved in any criminal activities and called on the governments of Southeast to ensure the protection of their members and cattle, adding that herders in the area would be directed to be cautious while plying their trade.
Siddiki further agreed that MACBAN recognises that the challenges herders face were not peculiar to the zone but were a national issue.
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