Miyetti Allah Tackles S/East Govs over Ranching; Nigerians React

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…

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