The umbrella body guiding Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), has told Southern Kaduna communities not to retaliate attacks carried out by members of the group on residents between December last year and now.
Speaking after a “peace pact” was signed by herdsmen and villagers, deputy National Secretary of MACBAN, Ibrahim Abdullahi said in a statement on 1st January 2016,
“This crisis will never end if you think you would go and revenge what happened to you. So, we are appealing to all parties to sheath their swords and embrace peace.
“We want to also support the steps so far taken by the government of Kaduna State, and all the security agencies in order to return normalcy to the area. We call on leaders in particular, political, religious and otherwise to desist from making inflammatory speeches that could escalate the situation.
“There should be no hate speeches…We inherited a peaceful Southern Kaduna and I don’t think we are sensible if we bequeath to our children and grandchildren a Southern Kaduna that is fighting itself.”