The South – East chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria on Monday said its interest in the region was purely economic and nothing more .
The Chairman of MACBAN in the zone , Alhaji Gidado Siddiki , stated this while briefing journalists shortly after a meeting of the joint executive council of the group in Enugu .
Siddiki said the clarification became necessary following growing suspicion and speculation in some quarters about the activities of herders in the zone .
He said it was imperative to correct the impression that their interests in the region were beyond economic pursuits .
Siddiki explained that the suspicion that herdsmen were harbingers of Fulani territorial expansionism had degenerated into unhealthy relationships in most parts of the region.
The chairman said such suspicion had made members of the association to be increasingly uncomfortable .
He said herders in the region were desirous of striking harmonious relationships with the people of the area in order to avoid mutual suspicion .