By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—THE National Coordinator, Maiyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, Alhaji Garus Gololo, yesterday, apologized for last week’s killing of over 10 persons in Buruku Local Government area of Benue State by suspected herdsmen.
Gololo spoke in Makurdi at a stakeholders/eminent persons meeting organized by the Benue state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bashir Makama to seek lasting solutions to unending clashes.
He regretted that the unfortunate incident could have been avoided, noting that “it has never been our intension to attack our host communities unfortunately some unscrupulous elements masterminded the attack to create problems for us. We condemn that attack and we are sorry for what happened. Given our determination to ensure peaceful coextensive wherever we live, the head of the Fulanis in that area will probably have to explain to us why the situation degenerated to that level.”
The National Coordinator who expressed the willingness of members of MACBAN to resort to ranching to stem the unending clashes between farmers and pastoralists, urged private investors to take the lead in establishing the facility across the country.
Earlier the Commissioner of Police said the with the increase incidents of clashes in the state, there was need to conduct search on herdsmen entering the state with the intention of disarming the armed ones.
Manama who lamented the recurrent clashes in the state despite efforts by security operatives to stem the tide, urged members of the peace and security committees comprising leaders of herdsmen and farmers at the local government areas to wake up to their duties.
It will be recalled that last week suspected herdsmen attacked and killed several persons at Mkgovur community and part of Logo local government area, among the victims of that attack were women and children.