The National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN), Baba Ngelzarma, has condemned the recent statement of Governor Ortom of Benue state, that the Association should also be proscribed as a terrorist organization after the Federal Government, FG, declared bandits as terrorists.
According to the statement released by MACBAN, the National Secretary Ngelzarma said,
“We are not at all surprised at the recent call by Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State for the proscription of our Association, (MACBAN), going by his antecedents…”
Ngelzarma added that, Gov. Ortom’s statement is not only ‘unpatriotic’ but that it is also “fanning the embers of hatred between peaceful Nigerians that have been living in peace for many centuries.”
National Secretary Ngelzarma is also of the opinion that, Gov. Ortom is “a wayward governor, who is hell-bent on putting this country into unnecessary crisis.”
He therefore, called on the FG, to ignore what he considered as “this unpatriotic call”, from the seating Benue state Governor.
With emphasis, Ngelzarma upheld that, “MACBAN is not, and will never be a terrorist organization.
He again affirmed that the organization is fully registered with its vision and mission statements clearly spelt out.
In his words,
“We are fully registered with the regulatory agencies, with clear vision and mission, to foster peaceful coexistence to our teeming members, as well as serving humanity positively.”
MACBAN National Secretary then advised Gov. Ortom, to “concentrate on delivering the dividends of democracy to the good people of Benue state” instead of “chasing phantom shadows”.