The umbrella body of Fulani herdsmen in the country, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, in Kebbi State over the weekend revealed that peace would continue to elude Nigeria if illegal arms are allowed to remain in the hands of unauthorised persons.
Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Muhammad Ardo-Zuru, while addressing journalists in Birnin-Kebbi, the state capital, urged security agencies across the country to retrieve illegally-acquired weapons from unauthorised persons.
According to him, “Sustainable peace will continue to elude us if such weapons, including guns and ammunition are left in the hands of criminals.
“For peace to endure in the country, authorities will have to ensure deliberate steps are taken to mop up all guns and ammunition in criminal hands.
“This should be in addition to prosecuting all those found wanting in the killing of innocent people, no matter how highly placed they are,” he said.
Ardo-Zuru however expressed the desire of the Miyetti Allah to cooperate with government and security agencies to maintain peace.
“We are not in support of the call that communities should take laws into their hands, in the name of defending themselves.
“Those behind recent killings are only out to provoke other sections so they can destabilise the country,” he said.
“Our members have been killed across the country, but as leaders, we cannot allow them to avenge.
“We realised that those who attacked Fulani people in Taraba, Benue and Kaduna states carried out those attacks purposely to destabilise the country,” the MACBAN chairman said.