The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has finally opened up on the alleged threat to put a stop to the supply of cattle to the southern parts of Nigeria.
A report on DAILY POST says that on Wednesday, the Katsina State Chapter of the body put to bed the rumours as it explained that it was not aware of any such decision.
Atiku Abubakar who is the State Chairman of MACBAN told VANGUARD that he had neither heard nor received any form of communication from the national leadership of the body.
He, however, said that if there was any information on such a directive, the public would be made aware of it.
MACBAN has in the meantime, condemned what it has described as the blanket criminalization of herdsmen across the country.
Miyetti Allah said that the fact that some criminal elements had infiltrated the group does not mean that all herdsmen should be labelled as killers as there were still some good people among them.
Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, the Chairman of MACBAN in the South-East zone had in a statement made a plea for a better understanding in the way information is being peddled so that misinformation in half-truths and outright falsehood can be curtailed, so that the public does not get fed with it.
“I plead with 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.
“I plead for truthfulness, fairness and restraints in information management to avoid tendencies of unfair blanket criminalization of any group of people,” he said.
He as well advocated that wherever criminals are caught, they should be made to face the full wrath of the laws of the country.
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