Miyetti Allah blames bandits for most kidnappings, killings
Seeks sponsorship for youths to learn modern cattle grazing
The South-East Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Siddiki Gidado, has passed the buck of most kidnappings and killings, among atrocities committed in the geo-political zone, to elements who he described as non-Fulani.
Gidado, who spoke exclusively with The Guardian in Awka, Anambra State, yesterday, said that non-Fulani should be blamed for committing these dastardly acts of kidnapping for ransom to survive and killings.He noted that even though there might be few bad eggs among the Fulani, most of the kidnappings and killings could be attributed to other cattle rearers, including Shua Arabs, Kanuri, Igbo, Tiv and Jukun, who he noted, normally dress like Fulani and commit such offences.
“In every tribe, you have bad eggs and when some evil acts are carried out, the entire tribe is made to take the blame. Most killings are attributed to Fulani when they are not the culprits.”
The MACBAN leader in the South-East Zone, who appreciated the robust, cordial relationship between Miyetti Allah and South-East governors, however, observed that some persons who do not understand the operations of Fulani blamed them for most of the acts of kidnappings and killings, among others.
He however, urged the government to provide foreign training and empowerment programme and grants for the Fulani youths as it does for agricultural sector to enable them pick their lives up as the crises have adversely affected their cattle business.He stressed that the foreign train-the-trainer programme for the Fulani youths would enable them learn modern methods of cattle grazing, which on completion of their learning programme, would come back to impart the knowledge they acquired to others at home.
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