Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently declare the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, as a terrorist group.
HURIWA made the call in a statement on Saturday by its national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, saying there is no difference between the MACBAN and bandits who were recently designated as a terrorist group.
The Rights group also urged President Buhari to arrest the national and regional leaders of Miyetti Allah across the nation to ensure the end of killing and kidnapping in Nigeria.
According to the statement, the president must declare the “terrorists supporting platform known as Miyetti Allah as a terrorist group and apprehend the national and regional leaders of this warmongering group of persons that have in the recent past vocalised active support for the terrorist groups made up of armed Fulani herdsmen who are on rampage in different parts of the country.
“There is no difference between Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and the armed bandits of the North West recently declared terrorists by the Federal High Court Abuja division even as the rights group backs the call by the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom that Miyetti Allah ought to have been declared a terrorist group.”
HURIWA blamed the Miyetti Allah for the action of the gunmen suspected to be herdsmen that reportedly shot three persons dead in Molege, an agrarian settlement in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Gunmen had invaded the area on Thursday, setting some houses and farms ablaze.
HURIWA said it is no secret that the national leadership of Miyetti Allah had consistently made threats in the media to make Ondo State ungovernable because the Governor expelled armed Fulani herdsmen occupying forests ìn the State.