Miyetti Allah describe Plateau killings as retaliatory

Barely 24 hours after the violence in Plateau, Jos that claimed nearly 100 lives, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) have said the killings were “retaliatory”.

In a statement on Monday, Chairman of the North Central chapter of the Association, Danladi Ciroma said, “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 revenge mission”.

According to him, Fulani herdsmen have lost about 300 cows to armed youths hence the likelihood to attack.

The victims who were attacked in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area were said to have been attending a funeral ceremony when terror was unleashed on them. Police say over 50 houses were burnt and six people injured.

Twitter users have reacted to the boldness exuded by members of the Miyetti Allah in claiming responsibility for the killings and even justifying their horrible actions:

President Buhari addresses the killings by making more empty threats and blaming politicians

In a statement by president spokesperson, Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari alleged that politicians are taking advantage of the rift between herdsmen and farmers in Plateau, hence the killings.

According to Shehu’s statement, information reaching the presidency claims that herdsmen had been killed and hundreds of cattle rustled, hence the counter attack. He said, “Some local thugs then took advantage of the situation, turning it into an opportunity to extort the public, and to attack people from rival political parties.”

This statement corroborates that of Danladi Ciroma, the Chairman of the North Central chapter of Miyetti Allah, who called the killings “retaliatory”.

In a Twitter post, however, President Buhari has announced that the perpetrators and sponsors of the crime will be brought to justice.

Twitter user, @ogbenidipo has an interesting suggestion

Following the bloodshed in Plateau yesterday, this Twitter user is proposing that Nigerians use the opportunity of the World Cup to draw attention to the spate of killings in the country, since our government has become increasingly insensitive.

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