The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria says FG should ignore the request of Benue’s Samuel Ortom to declare the association as a terrorist organisation.
According to the group, Ortom’s request is unpatriotic and is borne out of his hatred for the Fulanis.
Ortom had requested that the FG designate MACBAN as a terrorist group as it did to bandits.
He posited that the security challenges in some parts of the country, including Benue will be adequately addressed with this move.
However, Baba Ngelzarma, national secretary of MACBAN, in a statement, alleged that Ortom’s has proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is an unreliable leader.
“We are not at all surprised at the recent call by Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State for the proscription of our association (MACBAN) going by his antecedents, whose stock in trade is fanning the embers of hatred between peaceful Nigerians that have been living in peace for many centuries.
“We, therefore, call on the federal government to ignore this unpatriotic call by a wayward governor who is hell-bent on putting this country into unnecessary crisis.
“MACBAN is not and will never be a terrorist organisation.
“We are fully registered with the regulatory agencies with clear vision and mission to foster peaceful coexistence to our teeming members as well as serving humanity positively,” he said.