The umbrella body of cattle breeders, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has urged Nigerians to stop referring to it as a terrorist group.
The spokesman of the group,said this to The Sun in an interview published on Saturday.
He said that unlike the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) which tried to create a separate country from Nigeria in breach of the constitution, and made the Federal Government proscribe the group, Miyetti Allah had done nothing to warrant being tagged a terrorist group.
“I don’t know why Buhari declared IPOB terrorist, but I want everybody to understand that herdsmen are not terrorists. It is not all of them that are committing crime. I’m not blind to say that some of the herdsmen are not involved in the killings, just like other tribes are also involved in the killings.”
Reacting to a question on whether armed Fulani herdsmen had not done worse than proscribed IPOB who did not carry weapons, Ribeji said, “It has to do with the constitution of the country. The Fulani are scattered not only in Nigeria, but also in Africa and other parts of the world, but if you consider the Nigerian state, I don’t think there is any state where the Fulani organised themselves and say they were going to fight the government and declare their own country.
“But in some states, IPOB has said they were marginalised and they have organised themselves and said they were going to declare their own country.
“So the Biafra people were trying to declare for themselves an independent nation, why the Fulani people have not declared themselves an independent nation, not even a local government.
“If you look at the Nigeria constitution, anybody who tries to organise a coup plot or people looking for another country from the Nigeria state, there is a punishment.
“I don’t think that there is any part of the country that the Fulani have declared their own state, but those people have carved their states, and said it is their own nation, and the government saw that it was a breach of the law of the nation and no group was supposed to behave in that way The Fulani are not doing that.”