The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has called for a peaceful solution to the rising ethnic tension in the country.
Speaking in Enugu on Monday, Southeast Zonal Chairman of MACBAN, Gidado Siddiki who lamented over the divisive utterances of some Nigerians, stressed the need for peace.
He said, “The spate of insecurity and outbursts of emotive utterances across the country is further fanning the embers of fears among Nigerians.
“For the ordinary man, the situation is enough to infer that Nigeria might just be on the verge of activating its emergency security mode.”
He called on political leaders to ensure the safety of all.
Sadiki stated that their members were not interested in landgrabbing in any part of the country.
He also said that MACBAN supports the move by authorities to go after criminals operating in forests.
Sadiki called on herders not to resort to self help, adding that authorities are capable of handling every security situation.
“What we face today is a situation where the misdemeanor of others have largely rubbed-off on us but these trials shall come to pass.
“We only ask to be allowed to do our business until such a time when viable and more beneficial options are realised.
“We maintain our support for the authorities to go after criminals and rid the forests and cities of such bad elements in order to make life better for every Nigerian.
“We implore our people not to resort to self-help or avenge their losses. We trust that government is putting up positive response to earn the people’s trust by protecting them.
“We should seek true understanding, facilitate the warmth and cross pollinated business interactions that are mutually beneficial to Nigerians across board”.