By Eileen Ihemadu
Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) yesterday called on the President Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure that killers of Fulani herdsmen are made to face the full wrath of the law.
MACBAN made the call while urging the President to ensure equality and fairness in prosecuting the perpetrators of not only Benue massacre but also the Mambila genocide.
The body was responding to the assurance given by the President to arrest and punish perpetrators of the Benue massacre.
In a statement by its National Secretary, Alh. Baba Usman Ngeljarma, MACBAN appealed to the president to extend his sense of justice to perpetrators of Mambila genocide, Numan massacre and Kajuru heinous murder.
They, however, condemned the Benue massacre and assured Buhari of its support towards restoring peace and normalcy across Nigeria.
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 over 1000 of our men, women and children last June in Mambila, last November in Numan and Kajuru among others. Nobody must escape justice as the lives of the Pastoralists are no less precious.
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.”