Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) is ready for a show down with Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The association, which comprises all Fulani cattle breeders in Nigeria, are angry over the introduction of the Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshals (EGEM).
EGEM is tasked with ‘arresting’ cows found invading and damaging farms in the state.
The association branded Fayose’s action unscrupulous and targeted at “our members who are bona fide citizens of the country.”
Spokesman for MACBAN, Othman Ngelzarma, “The anti-malu vigilante group shot five cows.
“They also carted away the meat but the herdsman was able to flee with the rest of his cattle.
“As far as we know, Ekiti State is not an island of its own, but a state within the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“While the Governor is permitted to carry out actions geared towards protecting the interest of Ekiti State, such actions should follow the rule of law.
“We deplore this act of brigandage and call on Governor Fayose to offer an unreserved apology to MACBAN.
“He should set machinery in motion with a view to compensating our members who lost five cows in this primitive adventure.
“The brutality of Fayose’s Anti- malu on herdsmen is even outside the time stipulated by that law (if the law exists at all).
“The federal government should therefore look into the actions and activities of this committee.
“We cannot fold our hands while the only means of survival of our members is taken away and destroyed.
“We are hereby constrained to implore the FG, through its security agencies, to wade into this unprovoked and primitive aggression against our members.
“We don’t want this macabre incident to develop into unquenchable inferno involving our members and Ekiti people,” the group warned.