No threat to herdsmen in South-east, MACBAN declares

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has declared that Fulani herdsmen are neither under attack nor being forced to leave any part of the South-east, especially Ebonyi state.

South-east zonal chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu.

Siddiki described such news as fake and a calculated attempt to create disharmony in parts of the country.

He said though herdsmen in the area, just as in other parts of the country, have not had it so rosy but the situation was not hopeless.


He said that the Ebonyi state government had put in place structures that would ensure peaceful coexistence between herdsmen and members of their host communities.

“It is not as if the relationship has been all smooth all the while but the state governor has instituted structures meant to contain endemic skirmishes and conflicts.

“One of such structures is the State Committee on Herdsmen with me representing MACBAN in the committee,” he said.

He said Governor Dave Umahi had made interventions as well as demonstrated creditable interest in forestalling crisis and in mitigating their effects where they break out.

“Therefore, I implore our herders not to panic and leave their locations but to only make calculated movements without giving wrong impression of aggression against them where none exists.

“We will continue to appreciate Umahi for his steadfastness in seeking to propagate the hospitality the Igbos are known for, the daunting challenges he is facing notwithstanding,” Siddiki said.

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