Presidential spokesman compares Miyyetti Allah to Ohaneze Ndigbo and Afenifere.
Says Federal Government engaging group to prevail on its erring members.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, has likened the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) with the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Afenifere socio-cultural groups.
Shehu who stated this on Tuesday when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily’ Channels TV’s breakfast programme said the group isn’t linked to banditry activities.
“The Miyetti Allah group is like Ohanaeze Ndigbo or the Afenifere. It’s just a cultural group,” he said.
While noting that the Federal Government is engaging the leadership of the association, following reported attacks by herdsmen that have led to the loss of several lives and properties, the presidential spokesman said the present administration is committed to tackling the issue.
When asked if the Federal Government offered a large sum of money to MACBAN to appease them, Shehu denied, describing it as an absolute falsehood, noting that in all of those meetings, nothing like money was discussed.”
The meeting which he said was for the leadership of the group to prevail on its erring members, the presidential spokesman explained that the existence of some miscreants in a group does not entirely mean the entire members of the association are criminals.
“There are criminals with the Yoruba race and you cannot say because there are Yoruba criminals, then Afenifere is a band of criminals,” he stated.
iDONSABI reported that a delegation of the federal government was led by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, as part of the regional action plan on security challenges.