Meyitti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has condemned publications in some national dailies, Nigerian Pilot not included, that a former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, was chased out of the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abuja by herdsmen.
National Secretary of the association, Baba Orthman Ngelzarma, who urged Sheriff to tender an unreserved apology to herdsmen for the accusation, said they are not politicians and so they have nothing to do with Wadata house.
He called on Sheriff and his supporters to withdraw the statement immediately, adding that henceforth, herdsmen should not be used by any politician to settle their problems
“I don’t know why people prefer to use the name of herdsmen in anything that is associated with crime. People should live them alone because they are not criminals; they go about rearing their cattle and apart from that, there is nothing else. Wadata house is not a grazing reserve, it is not a cattle route neither is it a farmland, so why should Sheriff use the name of herdsmen in a political war with his opponent?” he queried.
He condemned the statement, saying they are not happy with it.
“It is unfortunate that this kind of statement is coming from a politician that wants people to vote for him. It is bad. Sheriff should guard his words and look for a better way to attack his opponent. He should not drag the name of herdsmen into the mud just because he wants to attack his political opponent.”