Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association (MACBAN) on Saturday criticised the call by its factionalized group, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, which ordered herders to defend themselves against attacks by ethnic militia in the southern region of Nigeria.

Concise News learned that the MACBAN national secretary, Baba Usman, told online news medium Premium Times that the group was shocked to learn that a leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore had asked Fulani herders to fight back.

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“We read the comments of Kautal Hore in the newspapers today and we were shocked like most Nigerians,” the aforementioned online newspaper quote him as saying.

“We totally condemn it because it is dangerous to the peace of the country.”

Usman also confessed that MACBAN, as the foremost cattle breeders’ group in Nigeria, had long focused on how Nigerians could coexist in peace and security.

He said “Even though we are a group mostly known as Fulani cattle breeders, we are only interested in actions and discussions that will improve Nigeria’s peace and stability.

“Nigerians should not see us as agents of destabilisation.

“We tried to ensure that they were not registered because of the similarities in names, but politicians who wanted to use them against us ensured they were registered by force.”

Usman further said it was unfortunate that Kautal Hore still regularly makes headlines for its controversial statements.