By Lekan Macaulay:
Beginning from July 17 Social Media especially, has been aflood with a rumor of planned attack in Obanliku by herdsmen and members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN.
Uncertainty loomed Obanliku as enemity ensues between residents/locals and cattle herdsmen.
However, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Cross River State Branch, had, in a statement, issued yesterday in Calabar, debunked the rumor, stating that it was a mere story aimed at distorting the peace and friendship between the residents, while urging the state government to bring the perpetrators to book.
Mr Abo who is the chairman of the Association said “It is not true that Fulani herdsmen are planning to attack any community in Obanliku Local Government or any other area in the state, describing the rumour as “devilish and wicked’’.
“As an umbrella body of the breeders association, we want to state clearly that we are peace loving people, residing here in Cross River State.
“We urge government and the security agencies to bring any one found wanting to book. I want to applaud Gov. Ben Ayade for his efforts in protecting lives and property of all residents in the state,” the statement reads in part.
Also reacting to the rumor was Alhaji Yusuf Usman, the Chief Imam of Obudu Mosque, Alhaji Usman on a telephone chat said members of the association were suffering from major setback in Obudu and Obanliku as the residents now treat herdsmen as suspected criminals
“Due to the rumour, we are now scared. Some cattle breeders can no longer move freely because members of the community are now seeing them as their enemies.
“The rumour that Fulani herdsmen are planning to attack them is false. Obudu and Obanliku Local Governments are very close and I want to state clearly that we have no such plan against our host communities.
“I wish to assure the state government and security agencies that we will not allow breakdown of law and order from our members in this area,’’ he said.
Mr Hafiz Inuwa, The Commissioner of Police in Cross River, also told newsmen that the rumour was false and should be treated as such.