…Says, allegation “is misrepresentation of facts to justify their target killing.”
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
KADUNA STATE – In what appeared as but a war rage in the area, the Atyap Community Development Association has reacted to the press release issued by Fulani nomads on alleged killing of 74 of their members, describing it as a “gross misrepresentation of facts and devious propaganda calculated to show that the aggressive and murderous Fulani are victims,” and that their (Fulani) targeted killings are “justified.”
A press statement, tagged: ‘Update on Zangon Kataf crises,’ made available to our correspondent on Sunday night in Kaduna by the Atyap association, stated that Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN’s, press statement was a misrepresentation of facts with inflammatory statements to show that the peaceful coexistence that had existed in Atyap Chiefdom has ended, and to replace it with acrimony, violence and crises.
Atyap association, in a statement signed Saturday by its National President, Prof.
Luscious J. Bamaiyi, stated that the recent killing of Atyap people was meant to provoke reaction.
“These killings were perpetrated, in order to provoke Atyap into reacting,” the association stated, adding that “In his pursuit for peace, His Royal Highness, Agwatyap, on one occasion in 2017, went out of his way to rescue some Fulanis that were attacked from some neighbouring towns and took them to the hospital and paid the bills, which Miyeti Allah acknowledged and applauded the kindness of the Agwatyap.
“The Atyap did not retaliate in all of these provocative killings because of our desire to live in peace with the Hausa-Fulani communities with whom we have stayed together for decades,” the statement added.
They stressed that “Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, Press Release is a gross misrepresentation of facts and devious propaganda calculated to show that the aggressive and murderous Fulani are “victims”, and that their targeted killings are “justified”.
“The MACBAN are misrepresenting facts with inflammatory statements to ensure that the peaceful coexistence that had prevailed in Atyap Chiefdom is ended and replaced by acrimony, violence and crises.
“The Commissioner for Internal Security in Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan, chose to call the incident ‘Farmers’ clashes,’ ignoring the fact that Mr. Moses Yusuf Magaji was slaughtered on his farm by Hausa-Fulani, which is the cause of the current crises.
“The Nigerian Television Authority, in its Good Morning Nigeria programme of Friday, 12th June, 2020, reported it as a ‘clash between Atyap and Chawai,’ an attempt by government agencies to suppress the truth by disseminating falsehood.
“We want to draw the attention of government and security agencies at all levels to note with all seriousness, the threat from Malam Ibrahim Bayero Zango, Director Media and Publicity, MACBAN Kaduna State Branch,” he said.
The Atyap Association president stated that, “The Federal, State and Local Governments should take note of this for fear of what might happen next,” adding that “The Bandiraku Fulbe Youths Association, under the leadership of Abbas J. Julde and Haruna Bello Laduga, should join hands in the search for peace and stop making inciting statements capable of heightening tension.
“I call on all Atyap people to remain calm and law abiding as we join the law enforcement agents in ensuring the usual peace return to our land.
“I also call on relevant authorities to be proactive in securing the lives of the Atyap people and other Nigerians residing in Atyapland to ensure that the threat of MACBAN does not come to fruition.
“I am also calling on the Hausa-Fulani communities in Atyapland to join hands with us in dousing the tension with a view to ensuring peace as no Atyap person is happy with the current chaotic situation in our land,” he stated.
The statement lamented that the security forces drafted to Zango … “opened fire on these peaceful Atyap youths of the land, who embarked on a peaceful demonstration to protest the brutal massacre of Moses Yusuf Magaji, allegedly slaughtered by Fulani, and killed scores.
“We currently have Atyap people, who are on admission in various hospitals from gunshot wounds sustained when security agents opened fire on defenseless civilians.”