The national body of the Mwaghavul Development Association (MDA), has called for the immediate arrest of the Plateau State chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), Muhammad Nura Abdullahi, over claims that there was a planned genocide against the Fulani people in Mangu local government area.
The Director of Public Affairs of the MDA, Da. Lawrence Kyarshik, who made the call in a rejoinder message in response to Abdullahi’s statement, said the MACBAN Chairman should be arrested and questioned as he seems to have more information about the “unprovoked attacks on people not only in Mangu LGA but other places in Plateau State.”
“We find it expedient to sharply respond to a letter being circulated on social media, allegedly addressed to the General Officer Commanding 3rd Armoured Division, Rukuba Barracks, and the Commander Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Jos, signed by one Muhammad Nura Abdullahi, Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), Plateau State, titled: “Complain of a Tactical and a Professional Euthanasia and a Systematic Approach to Start the Genocidal Mission Against Fulani Community in Plateau State,” Da. Kyarshik said.
“It is hoped that all arms of the security agencies and the Plateau State Government will hasten the arrest and prosecution of the MACBAN President in Plateau State who seems to have more information about the unprovoked attacks on our people not only in Mangu LGA but other places in Plateau State.
“It should be mentioned in clear and unequivocal terms, that if the Mwaghavul people ever contemplated any ‘genocidal mission’ against the Fulani, as claimed by Muhammad, they would not have opened their doors to accept them in their communities when they fled from other crises areas where they caused mayhem, and even allow them space for grazing and farming in the first instance.
“The unequivocal truth is that by their acts of aggression against the Mwaghavul nation, the Fulani have not demonstrated goodwill by reciprocating the kind gesture of the Mwaghavul people for allowing them space in their communities.
“We want to state categorically, that the Mwaghavul people are peace-loving people who have never attacked anyone, and will never attack anyone.
“But for Muhammad and his MACBAN, who have orchestrated a campaign of genocide against our people, we admonish them to desist from doing so and embrace peace and should stop playing the victim, when it is in the public domain that they are the aggressors.”