The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, said it has concluded all arrangements to ensure the activities of cattle rustlers in the Northern part of the country is brought to an end.
The association, therefore, warned cattle rustlers to voluntarily withdraw from the infamous act that has led to the death of hundreds of persons in addition to causing untold suffering of innocent cattle owners or be ready to face the long arm of the law.
The National President, MACBAN, Muhammadu Kirowa Ardon Zuru, who gave the warning shortly after an emergency national executive council meeting of the association in Kaduna, said the activities of the cattle rustlers have taken its toll on the North and has contributed in no small measure to insecurity in the region.
He frowned at the activities of the persons that he said has led to all forms of crime and antisocial activities and added that their acts have robbed the victims of their natural endowment and economic prosperity.
He said that a joint operation to tackle the menace has already commenced with six states collaborating and giving support to the security operatives which has taken the fight to the rustlers in the forests of Birnin Gwari, adding that the association is also giving strong backing to the operation to bring the perpetrators to book.
He also said they will support the government as much as they could and with whatever resources at their disposal in order to tackle the menace.
“We will support President Muhammadu Buhari in his quest to tackle insecurity in the Northern part of the country, particularly the current menace of cow rustling that is taking its toll on the people. The activities of cow rustlers has led to other forms of antisocial activities.
“Besides, it has robbed us of our natural endowment and economic prosperity. That is why we have vowed to tackle this issue of cow rustling. So, we have resolved to do all it takes and for as long as it takes, to bring an end to this evil trend and we are prepared to support the government all the way.
“Our people voted overwhelmingly for President Buhari not only because he is our brother but because we know that he will work for the people and do justice. And we are assured that he will do the right thing. So, it is not right for some of our people to be involved in this cow rustling as our president, who is also their brother, will not hesitate to deal decisively with anyone or group perpetuating these acts.
“Even if I, the President of Miyetti Allah, is involved in any illegal act, the law will catch up with me. Everyone should know that Nigeria of yesterday is not Nigeria of today because Buhari will not spare any evil doer no matter who the person is or how close he/she is to Buhari,” Zuru stated.

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