The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has slammed the Fulani Nationality Movement for creating what it termed ember of discord among Nigerians.
MACBAN said the recent comment made by the Fulani group in the media suggested that they don’t want peace in the nation.
Baba Othman Ngelzarma, National Secretary, in a statement personally signed and sent to DAILY POST on Sunday, called on the Nigerian government to go after those heating up the polity with inflammatory comments.
The state reads in full.
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) condemns in its totality the recent upsurge of violence in three Local Government Areas of Plateau State where hundreds of innocent lives were lost and millions of naira worth of properties destroyed. This violence must be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians.
The Association commiserates with the good people of Plateau State, particularly the families affected and His Excellency, the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong who had invested so much energy in the last three years to ensure that peace and tranquility is sustained for the well-being of all. We also appreciate the support of the Federal Government in deploying more security Personnel to sustain the peace and steps taken so far.
We, however, regret that some unpatriotic citizens across the divide are hell bent on destroying the long term efforts to build peace in the State. Government must deal with those playing politics with the lives and property of ordinary citizens.
It is our belief that there are no gainers, and all are losers in this crisis. Government, civil society peace building activists and so many communities had invested so much in ending the cycles of violence and making the peace, and we should not allow these efforts to fail.
We are particularly concerned by a series of incendiary social media accounts, also relayed by the mainstream media that have further heightened the tension. One example will suffice here; a faceless group with the name “The Fulani Nationality Movement” -(FUNAM), which came up with a very inflammatory press release which is aimed at fanning the embers of hatred and sowing the seeds of discord between the Fulani and other Nigerians.
We make bold to say that to the best of our knowledge there is no such association in Nigeria. It was therefore hastily crafted to cash in on the unfortunate events in Jos in order to fuel the crisis further. Government should investigate this issue, find out the purveyors of such hate speech and prosecute them for their crimes against the Nigerian people.
We urge the government to be fair and just to all in handling the crisis and provide necessary support and assistance to the victims in order to reduce their sufferings.
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria welcomes the Federal Government’s National Livestock Transformation plan, which we believe will go a long way in reducing the unnecessary feuds that had characterized the relationship between pastoralists and farmers across Nigeria. We urge all Nigerians to think along the lines of finding win-win solutions that would work for both pastoralists and farmers so that the country as a whole can progress.
We also call on security agencies to be more proactive in dealing with signs and symptoms indicating the emergence of communal conflicts so that issues could be resolved before they get out of control.
We condemn the attitude of allowing communities blocking highways and hacking innocent travelers to death without them bearing the consequences.
MACBAN wishes to state emphatically that as an organization we don’t believe in reprisal attacks because two wrongs cannot make a right. We uphold the rule of law, we stand for peace and security for all and are willing to partner government at all levels and our neighbours to ensure that peace is restored, sustained and achieved.
MACBAN is ready to work with religious leaders across the divide (Muslim/Christian) for the sustenance of peace and well being in Nigeria. As such we appeal to all religious leaders to be conscious of statements that will further increase religious intolerance in the country.
How Sowore planned to overthrow Buhari, free El-Zakzaky – DSS
The Department of State Services (DSS) has said its investigation so far revealed that ‘Revolution Now’ was smokescreen for the actual intention of Omoyele Sowore, the candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the last presidential election, to overthrow President Buhari.
The security agency also alleged that Sowore intended to free Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) having received millions of Dollars from foreign sponsors.
The DSS also said it engaged in a painstaking investigation of Sowore’s activities in view of the quantum of evidence so far gathered and may return to court to seek an extension of the 45 days granted it by the Federal High Court, Abuja to detain him.
The DSS made this known in a fresh document it filed at the Federal High Court on Monday in response to an application by Sowore, challenging the court’s order, granting the security agency 45 days to detain him pending investigation.
In the counter-affidavit deposed to by Godwin Agbadua, an official of the DSS, it was stated that Sowore was arrested on reasonable suspicion of having committed a capital offence, upon his alleged involvement in terrorists’ activities.
“The respondent/applicant (Sowore) planned to violently change the government through the hashtag RevolutionNow. The respondent/applicant hid under the cover of call for mass protest with the hashtag RevolutionNow to mislead unsuspecting and innocent members of the public into joining him to topple the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
“In his plot to topple the government the respondent/applicant held series of meetings with members at a prescribed terrorists‘organisation, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) with a view to mobilizing strong forces to realize his agenda at changing the government
“The respondent formed an alliance with a fugitive, Nnamdi Kanu, a self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed terrorists group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to launch series of attacks on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
“After series of closed-door meetings between the duo in the United States of America, they addressed a press conference wherein they both stated their resolve to form alliance against the Nigerian government, the duo stated that they have a well-planned out strategy to realize their objective, which is toppling the government.
“The applicant/respondent is investigating the activities of the respondent /applicant as it relates to a terrorists organisation, IPOB. The facts show a conjecture between the respondent/applicant and IPOB activities.
“There is the need for the applicant/respondent to investigate such reasonable suspicion of the relationship between the respondent/applicant and IPOB.
“The respondent held series of meetings with some foreign collaborators outside Nigeria including Dubai where millions of dollars were given to him to sponsor a widespread attack on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and freeing Ibrahim Yaqub Elzakzaky (Shaikh).
“In furtherance to the plans to violently free Elzakzaky from lawful custody. The respondent held several meetings with a proscribed terrorist’s organisation. Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) where they strategized on how to carry out attacks to force the government to free Elzakzaky.
“The respondent stated in one of his videos that Shiite members, who are members of the proscribed terrorists group, IMN were going to join forces with him in bringing down the government. The statement and the meetings of the respondent/applicant raises issue of grave suspicion of supporting a proscribed terrorists’ organisation, IMN.
“The suspicions require diligent investigation by the applicant/respondent. The planned action constitutes a threat of violence to intimidate or cause panic in members of the public as a means of affecting political conduct
“The investigation is still ongoing. Upon the completion of investigation, the case file will be forwarded to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation for advice and possible prosecution,” DSS said.
London varsity bans beef to curb climate change
Goldsmiths University, London, has banned all beef products from its campus “to help fight climate change”.
CNN is reporting that the university also announced an additional levy of 12 cents on bottled water and single-use plastics.
Frances Corner, the university’s warden, was quoted as saying the measures is part of steps introduced to help the fight against climate crisis.
Beef is said to be responsible for 41% of livestock greenhouse gas emissions, and livestock accounts for 14.5% of total global emissions in the world.
But the university — which seeks to become carbon neutral by 2025 — said the product will be scrapped from its campus menu when the new academic year begins.
“The changes come as part of a major drive to cut carbon use across Goldsmiths as the College joins other universities and institutions in declaring a climate emergency and announcing a determined aim to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2025,” Corner said.
“I truly believe we face a defining moment in global history and Goldsmiths now stands shoulder to shoulder with other organizations willing to call the alarm and take urgent action to cut carbon use.
“The growing global call for organisations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore.
“Though I have only just arrived at Goldsmiths, it is immediately obvious that our staff and students care passionately about the future of our environment and that they are determined to help deliver the step change we need to cut our carbon footprint drastically and as quickly as possible.”
No secret graveyards in the Northeast theatre, Army reacts to WSJ publication
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has condemned in totality a publication by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) which alleged that the army has been burying scores of soldiers in secret unmarked graves, in a bid to cover up the casualty figures in the ongoing war against insurgency within the North East.
The Defence Headquarters ( DHQ), while reacting to the WSJ publication, debunked the reports stating that there are no secret graveyards in the North East Theatre.
Contained, in a communique by the Director Defence Information, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the military states that “this insinuation can only emanate from an uninformed position of the author of the said publication.”
The communique informed that “the Armed Forces of Nigeria has a rich and solemn tradition for the internment” of its fallen heroes.
Its further reads, “It must be unambiguously clarified that the Armed Forces of Nigeria does not indulge in secret burials, as it is sacrilegious and a profanity to extant ethos and traditions of the Nigerian military.”
Colonel Nwachukwu, also explained that in tandem with the traditions of the Armed Forces, fallen heroes are duly honoured and paid the last respect in befitting military funeral of international standard, featuring funeral parade, gravesite oration, solemn prayers for the repose of departed souls by Islamic and Christian clerics, as well as gun salutes, aside other military funeral rites.
According to the DHQ spokesman, “The cemetery described in the publication, which is situated in Maimalari military cantonment is an officially designated military cemetery for the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the North East theatre, with a cenotaph erected in honour of our fallen heroes.
“The official cemetery has played host to several national and international dignitaries, where wreaths were laid in honour of the fallen heroes.
“It is, therefore, a far cry from the sacrilegious impression being painted by Wall Street Journal.”
The DHQ urged members of the Armed Forces and the general public to disregard “such a misinformed publication and see it as a figment of the imagination of the writer, whose knowledge of military valued ethos and traditions is grossly misplaced”.
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