The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president to ban the activities of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), and completely scrap the suspended ‘Ruga’grazing scheme.
Naija News understands that CAN made the request at the Church leaders stakeholders’ summit, themed, ‘RUGA: The church’s response in the 21st century.’
The leaders’ summit was held in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city on Saturday, August 31.
This online news platform gathered that the CAN president, Samson Ayokunle was quoted as saying the association came up with the recommendations after setting up a committee to look into the Ruga grazing scheme and related issues.
The CAN President accused MACBAN of supporting and sponsoring some herdsmen who have overtime been fingered in various attacks across the country.
“Anything that smacks of mutual suspicion should be avoided in the interest of national unity,” Ayokunle was quoted as saying.
He said among the group’s recommendation are: “The federal government should immediately disarm and prosecute the Fulani herdsmen terrorists that have been recorded as one of the deadliest terrorists groups in the world.
“The group of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association which openly supported the activities of the murderous Fulani herdsmen be identified and banned immediately.
“President Buhari should suspend his membership and patronage of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association until he leaves office to reduce tension.”
Ayokunle added as thus: “Enough is enough about insecurity in the country. It is totally embarrassing and people are having sleepless nights over it. There is no free movement anymore.
“Even military officers can no longer travel without heavy military escort; it is as bad as that. It is happening on a daily basis, it is no longer propaganda, neither is it political opposition talks.
“Our relatives are constantly being kidnapped and we are being compelled to look for money to pay ransoms. There are no other persons we can call upon other than the government because that is why they are there.”