The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) says the spate of insecurity in the South-East is not targeted at herdsmen.
The South-East Zonal Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, made this known in an interview with reporters in Enugu on Tuesday.
Siddiki made this known while reacting to the burning of a truckload of cattle along Uga-Ezinifite-Igboukwu Road in Anambra on Sunday, May 8.
The MACBAN zonal chairman said though the incident was reprehensible and the perpetrators should be brought to book, the situation need not be allowed to degenerate.
He said the security challenge in the South-East was not an isolated one from the totality of the situation in the country.
Siddiki said MACBAN would not subscribe to the mode of an altercation between the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
He said that the group would continue to sue for peace amongst aggrieved Nigerians across ethnic divides, asking security agents to fish out the lawless elements causing harm across the country.
Siddiki attributed the surge in criminal activities to injustice and unemployment, adding that the various levels of government had a role to play in addressing the challenge.
The MACBAN chairman, however, expressed optimism that the daunting security challenges in the country will soon be over.