FastNews reports that the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has asked the federal government to disregard Benue Governor Samuel Ortom’s proposal to label the organization a terrorist organization.
Hours after the federal government issued an order identifying bandits as terrorists, Ortom stated that if the same stance is adopted on MACBAN, the security concerns in some regions of the country, particularly Benue, will be effectively addressed.
In response, MACBAN’s national secretary, Baba Ngelzarma, called Ortom’s request “unpatriotic.”
Ngelzarma claimed that Ortom’s hatred for the Fulani was “unmistakable,” and that “he has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he is an untrustworthy 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,” he said in a statement.
“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 organization.
“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.”
Ngelzarma also advised Ortom to “concentrate on delivering the dividends of democracy to the good people of Benue”, instead of “chasing phantom shadows”.