Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has said the Fulani extractions in the country are of good character and integrity, but immigrant herdsmen are damaging its reputation.
He said that armed Fulani herdsmen rampaging around and terrorizing people in the country are not Nigerians.
The chairman of MACBAN, Giwa Council, Ibrahim Abubakar, made the remarks while fielding questions from journalists at a retreat organized yesterday for the leaderships of the group from 23 councils of the state on security challenges encountered by cattle rearers in the state.
According to him, “Not all Fulanis are bad, there are many good people among us, but those pastoralists coming from neighbouring countries are the ones spoiling our name. We are people of integrity and good character but this people have come and damage our reputation.”
Abubakar explained that cattle rearers in Giwa council and other parts of Kaduna state are facing a lot of security challenges, ranging from cattle rustling, destruction of properties and killing of people that are of Fulani extraction by bandits.
He called on government and security agents to come to their rescue adding that, “the bandits are always coming to kill us and rustle away our cows. They have been coming to destroy our properties as well. This issue has become a critical one that requires state of emergency.”
While speaking, state chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Haruna Usman, called on it members to vigilant and more security conscious.
He advised them to fish out evil perpetrators living within their surroundings.
“We from Miyetti Allah are distancing ourselves from the insecurity issues, and we have been calling on our people to ensure that if they are living with someone whom his/her ways are not pure, they should notify the security agents and if they are afraid of informing security agents, he should come and tell us so that we can do that on his behalf in order to get them caught,” he maintained.
He said the gathering was premised on issues of insecurity happening in Kaduna, especially as the general election is around the corner.
“We do not want any problem in Kaduna; that is why we call on our group from the 23 local government areas in Kaduna to discuss on way forward to prevent chaos,” he said.