Presidency reacts to claims of offering N100 billion to Miyetti Allah

Presidency has debunked claims in a viral video that the Federal Government offered the sum of N100 billion to Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in appeal to the group to stop banditry and kidnapping. 

 The video was shared on Twitter by veteran broadcaster, Dele Momodu, earlier today, Sunday January 24. However in reaction, the presidency in a tweet declared that the video is a two-year-old clip and the information in the video is false.

 It added that when the video was in circulation two years ago, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu in an interview with ChannelsTV at the time said.

 During the interview, Shehu said no such amount was given to appease the association over the reported killing by some herdsmen. According to Shehu, the existence of some miscreants in a group does not entirely mean the entire members of the association are criminals. 

 He noted that Miyetti Allah is a cultural group just like Afenifere associated with the Yorubas and Ohaneze Ndigbo of the southeast. 

 The resurfacing of the video comes against the backdrop of the war going on between the Presidency and Ondo State Government over the eviction notice to herdsmen in the state.

 It would be recalled that governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu recently ordered herdsmen to vacate the forests within seven days due to the rising cases of banditry and kidnapping in the state. 

 The governor said ‘bad elements’ have turned the forests to their hideouts, where they keep their kidnapped victims and negotiate ransoms. Days after the governor’s directive, Northern Elders Forum asked the herders in the state to ignore Akeredolu’s order.

Also reacting to Dele Momodu's post is Bashir Ahmed, personal assistant to the president. He tweeted;


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