Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Benue MACBAN Distance Self From Kautal Hore

The Benue State Coordinator of Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Garus Gololo, has distance his group from a socio-cultural body known as Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and alleged unkind remarks made by its leaders against the state government.

National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello and Secretary, Engr. Saleh Alhassan, at a news conference in Abuja had kicked against the Benue's anti open grazing law enacted barely one week ago.

The leaders of the group had reportedly also vowed to mobilise their members nationwide to resist the implementation of the new grazing law on grounds that they are Nigerians and would move their herds in the traditional way of rearing animal anywhere around the state.

Gololo, however briefed newsmen in Makurdi about the development, noting that it became necessary to correct the controversial impression raised by the Kautal Hore as members of the public who could not differentiate between the two bodies had been linking MACBAN to the distasteful comments made by the former.

"We (MACBAN) as an association in the state have disassociated ourselves from the unkind statements made against the Benue people by Kautal Hore. They don't in any way speak for us or represent us. Their views are totally not our stand and we condemned Kautal Hore's attitude completely.

"We are law abiding and would never resort to self help as we have confidence in Governor Samuel Ortom's administration to do its best in ensuring lasting peace between herders and farmers in the state. We are for peace and have good understanding with the government, Assembly and people of Benue," Gololo said.

The MACBAN coordinator added that nobody in Benue has harassed the herders who are still grazing openly since the enactment of the law as he urged people of the state to disregard comments made by the Kautal Hore and sustained the good relationship they have built over the years, pledging support for the state government to actualise needed peace as contained in the new law.

"We want Benue people to remain calm because the Kautal Hore is a combination of aggrieved people who lost election in MACBAN few years ago and then went on to form their own association. They are just a break out of MACBAN and I want to assure Benue people that no member of MACBAN is planning to attack them anywhere in the state," he added.

Gololo further urged the Benue state government to view the verbal attack from the Kautal Hore's leaders as empty threats and continue in its effort to bringing lasting peace among herders and farmers in the state.

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