Sequel to the incessant herdsmen and farmers clashes, especially in rural areas of the country that has led to loss of numerous lives and destruction of properties, the spokesperson for the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Ibrahim Ribeji, has said the attacks that happened in some local governments in Benue state might have been carried out by herdsmen impersonators.
Miyetti Allah Group Not Responsible For Benue Killings – Group Spokesman
Ibrahim said this in an interview with the Punch newspaper published on Saturday, January 13. The spokesperson for the Miyetti Allah also distanced members of his group from carrying out any attack in Benue state.
Ibrabim said: “Like I said earlier, in every society, there are bad elements. So, I will not totally blame our people. People might just be accusing them of doing it, when in actual fact, some persons could have impersonated them; dressed in Fulani attire and acted like them. It happened about two years ago.
Don’t forget that it is not only Fulani that rear cattle. Sometimes, we nomads are being treated as if we are not Nigerians.”
Ribeji who complained that Fulanis are not treated with hatred and contempt by the masses urged the media to enlighten the public that Fulani people can live in harmony with others because they are also human beings.
Ribeji also declared that the anti-open grazing law may have contributed to the bloody attacks in Benue state, he, however, disclosed that it does not justify the attacks.
“It contributed to it because there is no local government or state in this country that has implemented that law. This is the first time we are seeing such a law. It does not justify the attacks; but like I said, some people may have been aggrieved with it. They did it and we don’t even know who they are,” he noted.