By Chuks Ekpeneru
The South-East chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria has debunked rumours that the presence of Fulani herdsmen in the Southeast was for Fulani territorial expansionism.
Chairman of MACBAN in the zone, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, said this on Monday after a meeting of the joint executive council of the group in Enugu.
Briefing journalists, he said their stay in the region was purely economic and nothing more.
The chairman said “This suspicion is rooted in the speculation that herdsmen are harbingers of Fulani territorial expansionism.
“However, the leadership of MACBAN, under my watch in the South-East, has continued to discuss appreciably well with the individual state governments in the zone.
“I am happy that the dialogue gives us hope for better understanding between our members and their host communities.”
Siddiki vowed to report to the security agencies any of its members involved in criminal activities.
He also solicited the cooperation of governments of the South-East states to ensure the protection of the body’s members and cattle.
He said MACBAN will continue to educate herders on need to take precautionary measures while plying their trade.
“We, hereby, jointly resolve to fully lend our efforts toward fostering an enduring and harmonious relationship with our host communities.
“We urge members of our host communities to be more accommodating too.”