– We are not criminals – Miyetti Allah cattle breeders cried out
– The group regret that some of their members are abetting criminals
Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has cried out on the alleged claim that Fulani herdsmen are criminals.
The cattle rearers under the group name, MACBAN claimed that most people committing the atrocities are from the far northern part of the country, such as Niger, Kaduna, Bauchi and Katsina States.
Nasarawa state MACBAN Chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Hussaini, turned the blame off their children to the visitors from the far North.
“Most of the kidnappers in the state were from Zamfara, Niger, Kaduna, Bauchi and Kasina states among others who have caused security problems in their respective states,” Hussain said at a meeting of MACBAN in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital, Vanguard reports.
However, the Miyetti Allah leader regretted that their members were also aiding and abetting criminal activities.
He said the actions of some of their members were portraying the entire Fulani in a bad light, as they are now being branded kidnappers and armed robbers.
He therefore called on every Fulani family to expose criminals among them to show the world that they were good and peaceful people. “Majority of the kidnapped victims are Fulani people because our people are living in the bush and are vulnerable to the activities of criminals.” He added.
The MACBAN Chairman said Nasarawa State belongs to them, hence the need for all leaders of the social-cultural group to restrategise and expose bad elements among them for prosecution.
“How can we allow a few strangers from other states to tarnish our image? Look at what happened in Udege – Loko Road where these strangers, our children together with some indigenous tribe of the area, whisk away 30 people to an unknown destination?”
“Let’s us restrategize, if your son, brother or anyone you know is among these bad eggs, bring them out or the law will take its course on you, the leaders.” He added.
Highlighting the major factors the lead people into criminal activities, Hussaini laid emphasis on illiteracy and the use of hard drugs among the people, he further charged the security agents to rise to their responsibility of fighting crime.
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