CAN Asks President Buhari To Ban Miyetti Allah

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked President Buhari
to ban the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), an
umbrella association of herdsmen in the country.  

The association also called on the president to “completely scrap”
the suspended ‘Ruga’grazing scheme. CAN made the request at the Church
leaders stakeholders’ summit, themed, ‘RUGA: The church’s response in
the 21st century,’ which was held in Lagos on Saturday.  

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Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, was quoted as saying the association
came up with the recommendations after setting up a committee to look
into the Ruga grazing scheme and related issues. He accused MACBAN of
supporting some herdsmen fingered in various attacks 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 terrorists 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 office to reduce tension.”

Ayokunle was also quoted as saying insecurity in the country had
become an embarrassment such that even military officers are afraid of
travelling without escorts.

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 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.”

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