Nigerians on Social media have called for the arrest of Chairman, North Central zone of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Danladi Ciroma, for claiming that the Sunday attack on Plateau State villagers was in retaliation to the death of their cows.
Recall that the Chairman, North Central zone of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Danladi Ciroma, on Monday claimed that the killing of 86 persons in Razat, Ruku, Nyarr, Kura and Gana-Ropp villages of Gashish District in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area l of Plateau State was in retaliation to the killing of over 300 cows in the last few weeks by the villagers.
He was quoted as saying “These attacks are retaliatory. As much as I don’t support the killing of human being, the truth must be told that those who carried out the attacks must be on a revenge mission.
“There have been recent reports of cow rustling and destruction of farms between Berom farmers and Fulani herdsmen. The people carrying out these criminal activities are well known to the communities but the communities are hiding them.”
Reacting to the statement, Nigerians on social media called for justice on Miyetti Allah for the killings.
They asked that Buhari should declare them terrorists, wondering why the killers of innocent Nigerians were still walking freely.
Here are some comments gathered from Twitter:
@Ogbenidipo “Miyetti Allah proudly defends the killing of over 300 people and nothing will happen to the group. IPOB did NOT go about killing people and setting villages ablaze but the group was proscribed and labelled a terrorist group. Bloody double standards and demonic hypocrisy.”
@Ody4real “I mean, IPOB didn’t kill a single person, yet Government treated them like Terrorists, killed innocent people and locked the South East down for a long time, but Miyetti Allah are openly admitting committing Mass Murder and that is about that.”
@Xantaplus “Dear @Mbuhari, Danladi Ciroma, the Chairman, North Central zone of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has taken responsibility for Plateau killings. He said it was a revenge for 300 cows stolen or killed in the last few weeks. What will you do?
@Segalink “Miyetti Allah like SARS will kill you and nothing will happen because they are above the law as empowered by the powers that be. I wonder how many people they asked who they support on Twitter before cutting their lives short. Let self-genocidal defenders take note.”
@Uncle Ajala “Miyetti Allah says Plateau mass murder is revenge for stealing 300 cows from herdsmen. IPOB that didn’t kill 10 people are terrorist group to Buhari’s FG, Fulani herdsmen that av killed over 500 people, & not denying it are not terrorist to Buhari’s FG. I hope you can see the hypocrisy.”
@Chreze “Miyetti Allah claimed responsible for killing almost 100 persons and till now no arrest has been made!
This is total madness!
@Goonvich “So what does it take for this Miyetti Allah guys to be declared terrorists?
@Leonardduggh “Declare Miyetti Allah as a terrorist group and treat them as terrorists. The same way IPOB were treated.
Remember, IPOB never attacked and killed innocent civilians while they sleep but were labeled terrorists.”
@Agorasblog “Why has the Army, police, and DSS refused to act against terrorist Miyetti Allah? Buhari & his Fulani people will NOT rule Nigeria forever. There will be a day of reckoning.Those who abandoned their duties will be jailed. ”
@Ayshatou “Shocked and disgusted by the barbaric killing of innocent lives in Jos how many more atrocities will it take before @MBuhari handle Miyetti Allah same way he handled IPOB.”