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Miyetti Allah identifies those responsible for killings, kidnappings in South East

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has distanced its members from the atrocities being perpetrated in the South East geopolitical zone.

The South East zonal chairman of the group, Alhaji Siddiki Gidado, said it was wrong to point accusing fingers at Fulani herdsmen for kidnappings and killings in the region.

He said that although some Fulani bag eggs could be involved in the atrocities, the bulk of those criminal activities were traceable to non-Fulani criminals.

The Herald recalls that suspected Fulani herdsmen were blamed for the recent killing of a Catholic priest, Reverend Father Paul Offu in Enugu State.

Offu’s killing led to a massive protest involving more than 200 Catholic priests, many of who bore placards condemning Fulani herdsmen.

But Gidado, who spoke with Guardian, said that cattle rearers of Igbo, Tiv, Jukun, Kanuri , Shua Arabs and Kanuri origin were responsible for the kidnappings and killings for which Fulani herdsmen were being blamed.

“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,” Gidado said.

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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  1. How do you prove to the world that the killers are not Fulani herders? What of the ones in other parts of the nation? Those kidnapped in Ogun State who were going to RCCG testified that their abductors were Fulanis. This is not the time when people are ignorant of goings on.

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