Ban Miyetti Allah – CAN Tells Buhari
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ban the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN).
Miyetti Allah is an association of herdsmen in the country.
Punch reports that the Christian Association also asked Buhari to scrap the suspended Ruga Grazing scheme.
CAN made the call at the Church leaders stakeholders’ summit in Lagos on Saturday.
The CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, was quoted as saying that the recommendation was arrived at after the committee set up to look into RUGA grazing came up with its feedback.
CAN accuse Miyetti Allah of supporting many herdsmen accused of violence across the country.
“Anything that smacks of mutual suspicion should be avoided in the interest of national unity,” Ayokunle was quoted as saying.
He said among the group’s recommendation are: “The federal government should immediately disarm and prosecute the Fulani herdsmen terrorists that have been recorded as one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world.
“The group of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association which openly supported the activities of the murderous Fulani herdsmen be identified and banned immediately.
“President Buhari should suspend his membership and patronage of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association until he leaves the office to reduce tension.”
The report also quoted Ayokunle as saying that the insecurity in Nigeria had become a national embarrassment to the point that even the military officers are afraid to travel without an escort.
He added: “Enough is enough about insecurity in the country. It is totally embarrassing and people are having sleepless nights over it. There is no free movement anymore.
“Even military officers can no longer travel without a heavy military escort; it is as bad as that. It is happening on a daily basis, it is no longer propaganda, neither is it political opposition talks.
“Our relatives are constantly being kidnapped and we are being compelled to look for money to pay ransoms. There are no other persons we can call upon other than the government because that is why they are there.”