The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has vehemently condemned the description of Fulani herdsmen as criminal in the country. The group noted that it was wrong to use “criminal infiltrators” to conclude that herdsmen were criminals.
The statement was issued by Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, the Miyetti Allah South-East Chairman, during his Eid-el-Kabir message in Awka, Anambra State.
“I most heartily share the warm goodwill message of Eid-el Kabir to the entire Muslim Ummah, the governments and good people of the South-East of Nigeria,” he added.
“I sincerely plead for better understanding in information peddling, so as to avoid the often misinformation, half-truths and outright falsehood that the gullible public very often gets fed with.
“I plead with the governments, traditional and religious leaders, as well as other influential groups in the South-East not to relent in their advocacy for peaceful coexistence amongst Nigerians wherever they choose to live and ply their legitimate businesses,” he said.
Alhaji Siddiki had few days ago announced the ban on herdsmen not living with their families in the South-East region from grazing their cattle on any Igbo land.
The South-East Miyetti Allah leader noted that it was a step to end criminal activities in the region.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.