Enough Is Enough

By Ikenga Chronicles June 27, 2018

–Ken Tadaferua

If the Plateau State government or Berom people were to return 300 cattle which the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), allegedly claimed were rustled from cattle herders, will the Miyetti Allah members who kill for cattle be able to return back to life, even one of the over 100 souls murdered in place of the “stolen” cattle?

Why is it so much easier to murder people – children, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers – created by God in his own image whose lives can never be replaced by the cowardly murderers than to seek legal recourse and restitution including the return of the cattle said to be stolen. What manner of gods do these people worship? Why are they so given to such primordial and beastly bloodlust?

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If it is true that 300 cattle were rustled and stolen, that is a criminal act that security and legal authorities ought investigate, prosecute and secure convictions for long jail sentences including the return of cows to due owners. But to attack sleeping villages and kill defenseless folks in cold blood in the name of vengeance is the ultimate criminal act of murder that following due investigation, prosecution and conviction ought by law lead to the hangman’s noose. For there is no way, the blood and lives of those murdered can be replaced by the killers.

As it were, the security and legal agencies have a strong lead in the various statements allegedly issued by Miyetti Allah including that the murder of the Plateau 100 plus is consequent upon the rustling of 300 cattle.

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For instance, Danladi Ciroma, the Chairman, North Central zone of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), reportedly declared that: “These attacks are retaliatory. As much as I don’t support the killing of human being, the truth must be told that those who carried out the attacks must be on revenge mission.” So Ciroma is against the killing of human beings, yet he knows the killing is retaliatory. What then is he and his members doing to stop the blood orgies?

Miyetti Allah has for the umpteenth time reportedly justified the taking of human lives for stolen cattle. Yet nothing happens to the group. It is not on record that its members have in the years past of horrible bloodletting been invited or arrested by security agencies to explain their role and statements in the wanton murder of hundreds of citizens of this country.

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What is President Buhari doing in this particular regard, save wring his hands in mock sympathy and pretend as if Miyetti Allah who he is patron of, are not only claiming and justifying open murder but issuing bold incendiary statements that can only come from terrorists supported by central political power. This is a group that appear bent on driving this country to fractious tribal or religious if not another civil war.

This arrant insensitivity to the death of thousands of Nigerians over the years and the seeming impotence of the President and security agencies to deal with the bloody challenge and curb the arrogant excesses of the killers which Miyetti Allah increasingly supports must cease now.

Enough Is Enough

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