The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), has denied the allegations of Fulani involvement in the recent killings in Jos, Plateau State.
The association described the allegations as untrue and unfounded.
The Chairman of the association in the state, Nuru Abdullahi, made this known in reaction to the allegations by the Plateau State Youth Council (PYC).
Chairman of the PYC, Sunday Adas, had alleged that killings were not coincidental, but planned to uproot native communities in the state.
“We wish to state unequivocally that these killings and acts of terrorism are not coincidental or random happenings, rather, these are premeditated and calculated attacks that aim at uprooting native villages and communities to satisfy the inordinate territorial ambition and supremacy of the Fulani and their cohorts.
“The scale and skills of the attackers speak volumes to the scope, sophistication and quantum of the ammunition and weaponry at the disposal of the said Fulani militias," Adas said.
However, Nuru who denied the allegations, called for peace while condemning the attacks on both sides.
“What they are saying that the attack was launched by the Fulani was not true.
"It is unfounded.
"Let me take you back to the beginning of this problem. If you could remember, it started as ‘two fighting’ between a Fulani boy and a Muwaghagvul boy in the farm claiming that the farm was destroyed by the Fulani.
"The Fulani said no, it was somebody else and let’s investigate but he refused.
“The farmer started macheting his cattle.
"After all, when the brother of that boy who didn’t know anything, while passing by, they stopped him and killed him there and then.
"How did the Fulani launch these attacks? Now we are counting our dead bodies.
"Hundreds of our animals were killed.
"What is the benefit of launching these attacks?
"These attacks were prepared to annihilate the entire Fulani from Plateau State.
“These Fulani are indigenes of Plateau State.
"I condemn the incessant attacks on both sides. It is barbaric.
"This dastardly act will not help us anymore.
"I am calling on people of the state to come together to embrace peace," he explained.
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