Southeast chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has begged Nigerians to sheath their swords and allow them to operate their businesses without threat.
The Fulani group cautioned Nigerians against statements capable of inciting war in the country.
MACBAN in the statement by its Southeast Zonal Chairman, Gidado Siddiki, appealed to Nigerians to consider seeking possible solutions to the current insecurity and conflicts among groups across states.
Siddiki who spoke with newsmen in Enugu said herdsmen should be allowed to go about their business operations without any threat until a beneficial alternative is provided.
He said: “The spate of insecurity and outbursts of emotive utterances across the country is further fanning the embers of fears among Nigerians.
“For the ordinary man, the situation is enough to infer that Nigeria might just be on the verge of activating its emergency security mode. What we face today is a situation where the misdemeanour of others have rubbed off largely on us but these trials shall come to pass.
“We only ask to be allowed to do our business until such a time when viable and more beneficial options are realised.”
Recall that Akeredolu had in January directed all Fulani herdsmen occupying the Ondo State forest reserves to vacate and register with the state government.
Speaking in an interview with Channels Television on Monday, Akeredolu advised MACBAN to work with the governors of the South West in flushing killer herders out of the region instead of taking sides with them, Naija News reports.