The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has said there is no plan by any Fulani individual or group to carry out an attack in Plateau State. The group, which was reacting to a statement by Governor Jonah Jang in some newspapers that Fulanis are planning an attack on the state, said,
“This association hereby states without any fear of contradiction that the allegations by the governor are entirely false, mischievous, and a figment of his wild imagination which is aimed at causing restiveness and fear among the peace-loving people of Plateau State”.
Part of the statement signed by the group’s National Secretary, Alhaji Sale Bayeri, stated thus, “The attention of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has been drawn to the false, malicious and inciting statement by the Governor of Plateau State, Jonah David Jang which was widely published by some newspapers, that Fulani were planning and recruiting foreigners to attack Plateau State, during a stakeholders meeting in Government House, Jos on Wednesday September 18, 2012.
As the national secretary of this association and coming from Plateau State, I hereby challenge the governor to call the association and the security agencies in Plateau State and Nigeria and make security reports on the matter at his disposal available for perusal and scrutiny.”
The group maintained that Fulanis in the state, and Nigeria in general have no problem with the people of Plateau to warrant any attack on them.
“It has been the tactics and habit of Governor Jang to raise false alarm to agitate the peace-loving people of Plateau State by alleging that he has security reports of an impending ‘Jihadic’ attack on the people of Plateau State, which is not known by any security agency in the state,” the statement added.
It said the Fulanis do not attack people except in self-defence.
“We want to categorically tell the people of Plateau State and all Nigerians that the Fulani have never and will never attack anybody, but will only fight back in self-defence. Even this shall be as a last resort as the Fulanis believe in the rule of law and will continue to rely on the law to protect them,” the group added.