We are ready to work with MACBAN – AFAN

The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), has expressed its readiness to work with Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to bring the criminal elements perpetrating the killings.
AFAN also defended the Cattle breeders saying they were not responsible for the incessant attacks on farmers and communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
AFAN National President, Architect Kabiru Ibrahim while briefing journalist at the end of the National Excutive Council (NEC) meeting, noted that there was need to address farmers/herders crisis if agriculture is to witness remarkable improvement.
“To further consolidate the growth of the agricultural economy it is prudent to ensure peace between us (farmers) and herdsmen”, he said.
Speaking on the killings by suspected herdsmen, Ibrahim said “In our midst today we are happy to jointly issue the resolution we reached with Miyetti Allah on the insecurity that threatens our business.
“We agreed to work together to expose the criminals from among us to ensure peace and prosperity in Nigeria.
“The real herdsmen does not carry AK 47, do not raze a whole settlement but desires peace to harness his pastoral activities.
“We welcome the idea of ranch development with input from the end-user and are amendable to sitting down with experts to add value to government’s effort”.
Also, speaking, the National Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, said the Association does not indulge in violence.
He expressed the readiness of the Association to work with AFAN and the government to restore peace between farmers and herdsmen across the country.
“I have to make it abundantly clear, we represent Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), we are a peaceful Association, we have been working together with AFAN in order to bring peace to this country.
We don’t control the entire Fulanis in Nigeria, we only represent our registered members who are the legitimate pastoralists, the peace loving pastoralists who are doing their peaceful legitimate business of Cattle rearing.
“I will never support, I will never condone any criminality, I will never be a party to any criminality, in fact that is the more reason why AFAN has decided to work with us as collaborators to bring peace to this country, so we are in line with what the president of AFAN has said and we are in line with any policy of the Federal Government that will bring an end to this crisis in Nigeria”, the MACBAN National Secretary added.

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