The federal government of Nigeria on Sunday denied paying N100bn to members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) for them to stop killings and kidnappings in Nigeria.
This reaction came after a past video which went viral on social media claiming the government negotiated with the group and accepted to pay them the sum of 100bn.
However, a reaction from the official federal government Twitter account @NigeriaGov, rebuke the claims in the video.
This claims in the video was actually denied by the spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu in May, 2019 when it first surfaced.
The government wrote on Twitter:
“The information contained in this video, which first made the rounds two years ago, is absolute falsehood. According to @GarShehu at the time: “That is an absolute falsehood. In all of those meetings, nothing like money was discussed.”
The information contained in this video, which first made the rounds two years ago, is absolute falsehood. According to @GarShehu at the time: “That is an absolute falsehood. In all of those meetings, nothing like money was discussed.” https://t.co/13EJrtRP3H https://t.co/edWvo0wRdA
— Government of Nigeria (@NigeriaGov) January 24, 2021
While there was no denial of meeting with the group to bring about peace and ensure a long term solution to security challenges facing the Nation, the government denied offering money during any of the meetings.
Meanwhile, former presidential candidate, Adamu Garba has taken a share on the issue of cattle rearing in Nigeria which has caused a lot of controversies recently.
Garba noted that while land issues are as old as humanity, practical steps should be taken to prevent it from degenerating into tribal and ethnic wars.
The Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adamu Garba, in a statement on Sunday, made available on his Twitter handle, he said it doesn’t make sense for cows to be roaming the streets in the 21st century.
He urged the rich and enlightened Fulani herders to assist and acquire land for grazing in order to avoid the constant clashes between farmers, herders, and host communities.
He also called on the government to be bold and speak up about land ownership in Nigeria as he noted that all lands in Nigeria belong to either the federal, state, or local governments, and no person or group can lay claim to any land without proper authorization.