A pro-democracy group, Movement for Democratic Goals (MDG), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) to order over their threat to force Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, out of office if he fails to resign his position, saying it will hold the president responsible for any outbreak of violence in the nation.
In a statement issued in Abuja Wednesday by its National Coordinator, Aliyu Abdulkareem, the group said: “The statement credited to the coordinator of the association in Benue State, Alhaji Garus Gololo, where he threatened to force the number three citizen of the nation out of office, is not only reckless and irresponsible, it is also highly unfortunate and capable of throwing the nation into turmoil.” The statement read: “Ordinarily, such threat could have been ignored as a noise of an attention seeking rabble rouser, but the several bestial activities credited to members of the association in the recent past, is a reason not to take the threat with levity. “It is on record that members of the association don’t just issue threat, they go all-out to violently fulfil their threats, and it is evident in their recent activities.
“We also strongly believe that, he who plays the piper calls the tune, the association only echoed the mindset and plans of their paymasters and those giving them state support.
“As the Patron of the association, President Buhari must call them to order to forestall outbreak of violence and anarchy in any part of the country. Their threat should not be taken with levity.
“If any crisis break out in any part of the country as a result of the threat, we will not hesitate to hold the president and members of the association responsible.
“We will take it further by writing to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague to call their attention to the reckless and bestial activities of MACBAN with maximum support from the state.”