Miyetti Allah Responds to Ortom on Terrorist Etiquette
The president of the Amalgamated Fulani Miyetti Allah Associations in Bauchi, Alhaji Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmad, urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to give in to criticism from Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom for the federal government to declare the Fulani Shepherds as terrorists.
Ahmad in an interview with our correspondent yesterday in Bauchi said that there was nothing reasonable in Governor Ortom’s vituperations against Fulani shepherds, claiming the governor is the one who looks like a terrorist based on his actions and declarations in Benue State.
Governor Samuel Ortom last Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) as a terrorist organization. Ortom, in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Nathanial Ikyur, hours after the federal government issued an order designating the bandits as terrorists, alleged that MACBAN had vowed to “wreak havoc” on Benue .
Ahmad, who is also the Bauchi state chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), blamed national leaders of Fulani youth associations that sometimes precipitate problems.
He blamed poor leadership and poor representation of nomads from the national level all the way down to states and locals for the leadership crisis. He called on MACBAN leaders to put the members in their hearts for positive results.
“Some national leaders of the association also play negative roles through clandestine activities which tend to endanger members, especially in a situation where a member is deprived of their livestock and other livelihoods by the bandits. “, did he declare.
Ibrahim stressed the need for the national body to review its activities through retreats where members could be kept up to date on the organization’s dos and don’ts.
He implored the Fulani leaders to assume their responsibilities in order to move the association forward.
He called on the people and government officials to stop treating the Fulani in a negative way in order to tarnish the history and image of the nomads in the country and in the world in general.