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Benue killings: Stop politicizing this Issue
The Miyetti Allah cattle breeders association of Nigeria has warned Nigerians to stop politicizing the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in the country.
The leader of the group in the Southeastern part of Nigeria, Gidado Saddikie advised that the issues should be addressed devoid of sentiments and politics.
He made this statement while reacting to comments attributed to the chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Paul Unongo who accused ex-VP Atiku Abubakar of sponsoring herdsmen to carry out the recent dastard killings in Benue state. Gidado said;
“People play politics with this issue. Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is a Fulani, but he is not a member of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association. He has not attended our meeting before; so how can he be a financier of the association?
Let me tell you, it’s wrong government approach and negligence that are causing these conflicts. How can somebody say Atiku is our financier?
Most state governments think that herdsmen and farmers are commoners that should not be heard. You must hear them because they are human beings who are contributing to the economic growth of our country, at their own level.
We have this understanding and synergy in the south East on how to handle this issue because the governors here and other leaders are proactive.We have agreed that any herdsman that destroys the crops of farmers should pay for such damage, and if any farmer kills any herdsman’s cow, he pays for such cow. We understand ourselves here in the southeast, but some other places, it’s not so.”