The Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association has in response to the growing demand for the arrest of killer herdsmen across Nigeria, called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency and balancing act, arrest those who might have killed Fulani people.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the National Secretary of the Association, Alh. Baba Usman Ngeljarma said that the Fulani people and herdsmen are also victims of reprisal attacks in various parts of the country.
Usman while condemning the killings also backed the position already taken by President Muhammadu Buhari to address the deadly conflict.
The statement reads: “Our organization has noted with a deep sense of relief the assurance of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Benue State delegation at the Presidential Villa yesterday that the perpetrators of the heinous Benue murders will not go unpunished.
“Having already expressed our organization’s condemnation of those killings we are in full support of the position taken by the president on this issue.
“Accordingly, Pastoralists being major victims of internecine tribal killings across Northern Nigeria for decades on end, we seize this opportunity to call upon the president to as a matter of duty extend his sense of justice to likewise arrest and punish all those who committed the genocidal killings of the over 1000 our men, women and children last June in Mambila, last November in Numan and Kajuru among others. Nobody must escape justice…”
“This will not only show that the president is just, fair and protective to all citizens of this great country, demonstrating that the life of every Nigerian is sacrosanct, but also serve as a pointer to our people that justice is served to those who killed their loved ones and thus forestall future conflict.
“Mr. President should note that our organization has a comprehensive lists of the names and places of all our killed ones and their suspected killers, many of which we have previously given to the police and other security agencies.
“While we wait to see the action of the government in giving justice to all Nigerians, not least the Pastoralist community, we want to assure the president of our support and cooperation in his efforts to restore peace and normalcy across Nigeria.”