The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) is heating the polity again after they expressed shock over the decision of the South East governor’s not to give any land in the zone for cattle ranching.
In a statement in Awka, the Anambra State capital, the South East leader of MACBAN, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, said they were taken aback by the governors’ stand since there exist a cordial relationship in the zone between the group and the governors.
“It is evident that our organisation’s advocacy for peaceful coexistence among indigenous farmers and herdsmen is increasingly making success in the South East,” Siddiki said.
“This explains our surprise at the latest stand of the governors, which, if implemented, would not only frustrate our people from carrying out our legitimate livestock rearing business in this part, but might be suggestive of a kind of suspicion that might undermine the mutuality of the claim of brotherhood.
“We are mindful of the various negotiations and consultations still going on in respect of the contentious issues of ranching, colonies and grazing areas across the country, and we are hopeful that these issues are considered dispassionately, in the interest of Nigeria and the generality of its citizens.”
He expressed the hope of his members that the governors of the zone would reverse the decision in the interest of all.
The development hasn’t gone down well with many Nigerians, who blame Miyetti Allah for the nefarious activities of Fulani Herdsmen across the country.
Here are some of the reactions on social media…
I don’t understand Nigeria again, “Miyetti Allah warns South East Governor's over decision to reject grazing”
The same group that goes about killing people at will.
In sane clime, they would have been proscribed a Terrorist group. But No, they are now mouthpiece of the Govt.
— 🇳🇬 S.F. Adebayo (@Sahmcrown) July 12, 2018
I dont get why they are in shock
cattle rearing is a business, if u want to do that in any S/E states u should buy/rent land for your business, the Southerners in the north has been doing this for a long time without threatening the Northerners
— ceejay🇳🇬 (@ceejayfresh4) July 12, 2018
The people the #FulaniHerdsmen are killing do they have anything to do @ all with the whatever 1800 century Jihadist agenda from futa-jalon?
These groups are terrorist!
The Fulani herdsmen &miyetti allah is a terrorist group@realDonaldTrump @10DowningStreet @UN
— shogbesan olaolu🇳🇬 (@blingbillz) July 12, 2018
Nnamdi Kalu & co were picked up held for years for agitating to be free from the evil bondage of Nigeria but Miyetti Allah leaders who admitted killing thousands were left to make their threats known on media houses.Buhari you will die & power will remain
— Blackgod (@kingikemefuna66) July 12, 2018
Meanwhile Miyetti Allah has warned South East govs for refusing to give FG land for ranching in SE.
Miyetti Allah warned Gov Ortom before turning Benue into a slaughter slab
Gird up your loins, ndi Igbo.
— IKECHUKWU (@iykimo) July 12, 2018
In the land of Nigeria, at a time of lawlessness. There lived a non governing body, Miyetti-Allah. They have the power to tell the ruling government what to do or not.
Isn't the vast land in their zone enough for grazing? Why do they need the small lands of the SE for grazing?!
— DoyinDoyenne (@doyin_rogba) July 12, 2018
Nigeria's senior citizens pic.twitter.com/hfsjXp3Lve
— Hide your Face (@ShemzyMankind) July 12, 2018
Kuku rechristened nigeria Miyetti Allah republic https://t.co/AFn3IwWKTT
— Ademola Adeyemo (@Dem_zie) July 12, 2018
Who is Mr buhari asking to be patient, the dead or the living? because with patient millions of Nigerians is dead and will be dead in the hands of herds,and buhari don't need to rack his head to arrest miyetti Allah who is championing this killing.
— IC mayor (@mayor_ic) July 12, 2018