The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has implored the Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, and other stakeholders to ensure they look for ways of engendering peaceful coexistence among the people.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday, July 16; by the Miyetti Allah branch in Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna State.
The group explained that the violent conflicts going on in many villages in Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf Local Government; emanated from the attack on a family by unknown bandits in Gora Gan village of the Chiefdom on 7th July 2021.
It observed that while security agencies moved swiftly to contain the violence around Gora Gan and adjoining villages; there was a mobilization of Atyap youths by some ethnic chauvinists among the Atyap ethnic community and other non-peace loving organizations; which resulted in attacks on Fulani settlements throughout the Chiefdom.
The Miyetti Allah further explained that over 300 houses belonging to the Fulani were reportedly burnt to ashes; notably in the different villages of the Chiefdom.
“Not only are our people and houses targeted, but cattle belonging to the Fulani also were not spared. There are reports of the killing of many cows; the numbers of which are yet to be determined because of the tense security situation in the area. Additionally, thousands of cows were abandoned by the fleeing cattle owners, which exposed the animals to threats of rustling.”
The Miyetti Allah found a press statement issued by the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU); expressing shock over their sources of information and for resorting to total blackmail against the victims of aggression.
It wondered how people whose households were completely burnt, and those who scampered to safety; leaving behind all possessions could be accused of perpetuating violence.
The statement also urged the media and the general public to ignore the provocative and insensitive statements; which it said was being authored by SOKAPU and other affiliated groups.
It appealed to media organizations to be impartial and to listen to all sides, visit the scenes across the divides and speak to people on all sides to provide Nigerians with accurate accounts of what is happening in the affected areas.