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We demanded N100billion for Ex-President Jonathan’s mini-ranching initiative, not to pay violent herders – Miyetti Allah clarifies

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association has made clarification on the N100billion it demanded from the Federal Government.

Report had few weeks ago circulated social media alleging that the group demanded N100billion for amnesty over attacks on villagers and farmers.

“That is a mischievous statement. Do they pay money like that? Have they ever paid any money like that? That N100bn has been on the table for mini-ranches since 2014 when (former) President Goodluck Jonathan was trying to address the lingering crisis between farmers and herders,” the group said.

The apex Fulani group however admitted that it actually demanded the said amount, but for the construction of ranches and not to pay alleged violent herdsmen.

The clarification came following an interview the National Secretary of Miyetti Allah, Saleh Alhassan, granted The Punch.

Mr. Alhassan noted that the project was suspended after Ex-President Jonathan left office, consequently, the group decided to present it to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Buhari is Fulani and a grand patron of Miyetti Allah.

“So, people now saying they have given Miyetti Allah N100bn to stop kidnappings are just being mischievous because from what we have observed, there are certain people that are twisting narratives,” he added (as seen on Punch).

Naija Buzz had few days ago reported how the Federal Government in a statement issued by the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), vehemently denied the report that it discussed about paying violent herders N100billion to stop attacks in its meeting held in Kebbi, the capital of Kebbi State.

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