The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to declare the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) a terrorist organisation.
CAN made this known while reacting to the killing of Lawan Andimi, CAN chairman in Michika local government area of Adamawa state.
Naija News recalls that Revd. Andimi was abducted by the terrorists following a failed attack on Michika LGA by the dreaded Boko Haram sect on January 2, 2020.
It will be recalled this online platform also obtained and published a video of the CAN chairman who spoke out from Boko Haram custody where he expressed hope of been rescued from the insurgents.
In the video released by respected journalist, Ahmad Salkida, Rev. Andimi, however, declared that if its pleased God that he would not get out of captivity, they should look after his children.
However, Andimi was on Monday killed by members of the Boko Haram group after they had initially demanded the payment of ransom for his release.
In a communique released to newsmen on Thursday, Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, condemned the killing of Andimi and other Christians across Nigeria.
“Nigeria is under a siege orchestrated by the murderous blood-thirsty and criminally-minded Boko Haram terrorists, Fulani terrorist herdsmen, bandits and kidnappers who are all armed to the teeth, dressed in army uniforms, and gradually overwhelming our security agencies,” the communique read.
“They have been going around invading predominantly Christian villages and towns, killing and maiming our youths and elders, men and women; raping our women and daughters, decapitating children and disembowelling pregnant women, and subjecting people to coldblooded murder.”
On Miyetti Allah
The CAN president accused herdsmen under the platform of Miyetti Allah of killings of Christians in some northern communities.
He recalled that Fulani herdsmen were in Aghatu land in Benue State and other predominantly Christian communities; killing and maiming their victims.
Ayokunle accused the Federal Government of justifying the killings of the citizens by accusing some governors of making laws against open grazing.
“As if that were not enough, the Miyetti Allah the Fulani herdsmen have claimed responsibility for the killings and justifying their actions. In other instances, they disown the killers, telling us that there are other herdsmen who are not their members but who also register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
“These terrorists have not hidden their goal to Islamise Nigeria and that is what they have in common with the Fulani herdsmen. They have turned the North-East geo-political zone, especially, Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe, into killing fields.
“The Federal government should either label the Miyetti Allah Fulani Association a terrorist organisation as being regarded in the terror index. The Federal Government should order the arrest of the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Groups in who are sponsoring and perpetuating the crime of Nigeria and prosecute them for all the killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau, and Taraba states, among others.”