The umbrella body of Fulani pastoralists, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has distanced itself from the recent killings that were carried out in Benue State, asserting that perpetrators of the crime do not belong to the socio-cultural group.
In a statement issued on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary of the association, Alhaji Yusuf Ardo, the group condemned the January 2 attack in Benue state, leading to death of about 20 innocent people including women and children.
It described those behind the heinous act as irresponsible elements, and called on security agencies to arrest the perpetrators of the ugly incident and bring them to book.
Ardo emphasised that Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore is an association which uphold peace, love, unity and harmony in the country, adding that it has never supported violence in the society and would never do so any time, any day and any where in the country.
“We are peace loving people, we believed in love for one another. Any Fulani Pastoralist that doesn’t believe in peace is not part of us,” he added.
Miyetti Allah however commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his prompt action on the matter by sending the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Danbazau, to the area.
While describing the killings are unfortunate and condemnable to all, the group urged individual groups and individuals going about making false allegation against the association to desist from the act.
“It is because of our peace loving that made the association challenge the anti-grazing law in court, we believed in judiciary not violence,” the statement read, urging all Fulani herders living in Benue state and other parts of the country to remain calm and be law abiding citizen.
The association tasked the Federal government to look into the causes of the crisis in states like, Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Zamfara, Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau states so as to have a lasting solution in those areas, particularly the issues of anti-grazing laws and others involving Fulani pastoralists in the country.