The Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN), has appealed to Nigerians to allow herders carry out their businesses peacefully.
According to the MACBAN’s South-East zonal chairman, Gidado Siddiki, herdsmen should be allowed to carry out their businesses until a beneficial alternative is provided.
Speaking in Enugu, Siddiki appealed to Nigerians to seek a common solution amid the insecurity challenges in the country.
Siddiki also cautioned Nigerians against utterances capable of spreading fear among Nigerians, saying, “The spate of insecurity and outbursts of emotive utterances across the country is further fanning the embers of fears among Nigerians.
“For the ordinary man, the situation is enough to infer that Nigeria might just be on the verge of activating its emergency security mode. What we face today is a situation where the misdemeanor of others have rubbed-off largely on us, but these trials shall come to pass. We only ask to be allowed to do our business until such a time when viable and more beneficial options are realised”, he stated.
This is coming at a time the Bauchi State branch of the group called on the Government to allow carrying of arms by herdsmen. Chairman of MACBAN in the State, Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, said herdsmen and Nigerians should be allowed to carry arms to protect themselves amidst the spate of insecurity.
Ahmed had also accused the Government of irresponsibility in the area of ensuring the security of lives and property of Nigerians.