President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Samson Ayokunle, has called on the leadership of the Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to expose criminal herdsmen in the country so as to protect the image of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The president made the call on Monday while dialoguing with representatives of MACBAN led by the association’s National Secretary, Baba Othman Ngadzarna and Alhaji Sidia Metankari, Daily Trust reports.
The association congratulated Ayokunle on his re-election, seeking a date for dialogue with the leadership of CAN on security issues bedeviling the country.
“The leadership of CAN is not attacking President Muhammadu Buhari on religious ground. All we are asking the government for is to be more responsible and responsive to the yearning of the people of Nigeria irrespective of their faith, ethnic background and political leaning.
“Good governance will surely change the current disturbing narrative. There is no reason why the criminals amidst us should not be brought to book. Now that you have said it is not all herdsmen that belong to MACBAN, then your association should stop justifying the atrocities being perpetrated by those criminals.
“The criminal herdsmen are giving the President bad name and the only way this can be stopped is by exposing those criminals that are carrying gun around, maiming and killing the innocent people.
“President Buhari is Fulani like you people and the best thing you can do for him is by exposing those criminals.” The CAN President said.
He stated that the major problem threatening Nigeria is lack of leadership, as the country needs a detribalized leader that will select the best hands across tribes to work with.
Ngadzarna said the delegates came to congratulate the CAN leader on his second term victory and to seek a date for dialogue on security issues by the leadership of MACBAN and CAN.
Ngadzarna said, “All the criminals pretending to be herdsmen are not our members. Those carrying AK-47 around are cattle rustlers who came from outside the country and are capitalizing on the porosity of our borders.”