The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, has maintained that it is a peaceful association and will never condone any form of “criminality” from its members.
MACBAN’s National Secretary, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, who stated this while absolving its members of killings across the country, insisted that they don’t indulge in violence.
Speaking with newsmen after a meeting with the leadership of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Ngelzarma expressed the readiness of the association to work both with the body and the government to restore peace among farmers and herdsmen across the country.
According to Ngelzarma, “I have to make it abundantly clear, we represent MACBAN, and we are a peaceful association. We have been working together with AFAN in order to bring peace to this country.
“We don’t control the entire Fulanis in Nigeria, we only represent our registered members who are the legitimate pastoralists, the peace-loving pastoralists who are doing their peaceful legitimate business of cattle rearing.
“I will never support, I will never condone any criminality, I will never be a party to any criminality, in fact that is the more reason why AFAN has decided to work with us as collaborators to bring peace to this country, so we are in line with what the president of AFAN has said and we are in line with any policy of the federal government that will bring an end to this crisis in Nigeria.”