- The government of Benue state has reacted to a comment credited to a member of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association
- The state government said it is shocking that a member of the group threatened to forcefully evict the Senate President out of his office
The Benue state government has condemned the recent comment credited to a member of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Benue state.
Terver Akase, the chief press secretary to the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, said he read with shock the statement credited to Garus Gololo, a member of MACBAN, demanding the resignation of the Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Akase said the state government finds it strange that Gololo who spoke on behalf of the group has not been invited by security operatives for questioning.
Describing Gololo's statement as an insult to Nigeria's democracy, Akase said: "It is becoming clear by the day that Miyetti Allah groups have not only assumed the position of the ruling party but are also influential to decisions of governance in this country."
He queried the constitutional right the Miyetti Allah possesses that allowed it make such comments against the office of the Senate President.
Akase said: "This is not the first time that Miyetti Allah associations have made inflammatory statements. The other time, the groups held press conferences and threatened to unleash terror on Benue people."
"They made real their threats and came out to claim responsibility for the killing of over 500 innocent Benue people between January and this month. They followed their gory act with threats of more bloodshed in Benue till the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law is suspended," Akase said.
The Benue state government wrote several petitions alerting the country's security chiefs. Yet, nothing was done and to this day, no Miyetti Allah leader has been invited by security agencies for interrogation.
The boldness and authoritative tone with which leaders of Miyetti Allah associations speak on affairs of the nation leave us wondering if the speculation is true, that they plan to turn Nigeria to a Cow Republic.
What is the source of Miyetti Allah groups' authority to make statements injurious to the very soul of this country that no one seems to be calling them to order?
Who is behind the Miyetti Allah groups, and what is the person's mission?" Akase asked.
He also called on all Nigerians to reject every attempt to turn the country into a republic where the life of a cow has greater value than that of a human being.
He said: "On Miyetti Allah's attacks against Governor Ortom in the same media report, we are no longer surprised as the groups have never hidden their obsession with the Governor's name. No day passes without the said groups coming out with one publication or the other against the governor.
The sad news for them is that Governor Ortom won't bow to intimidation and harassment from them or any other person. The Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law which they hate so much has come to stay and anyone who intends to breed livestock in Benue should be prepared to ranch the animals," Akase concluded.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Miyetti Allah had dissociated itself from the purported statement from one of it's members threatening to force Senate President out of office if he fails to resign immediately.
The national body of the association said Garos Gololo spoke in his personal capacity and has no mandate to speak on behalf of the association.
Describing his statement as unfortunate, the national secretary urged the public to disregard the statement.
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