Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, got a dose of caustic comments from former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, for comparing Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) with Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo socio-cultural groups.
Garba Shehu was reacting to comments by critics who said the government was talking with bandits following a meeting between the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the leadership of the Miyetti Allah, when he made the comparison.
He said; “It is a mistake to say the Nigerian government is talking to bandits.
“The Miyetti Allah group is like Ohanaeze and Afenifere. It is a socio-cultural group. There are criminals within the Yoruba race and you cannot say because of that, Afenifere is a group of criminals,” Garba Shehu said.
However, Fani-Kayode in a series of tweets posted on his timeline blasted Garba Shehu saying Miyetti Allah is an umbrella organisation of dark, callous, bloodthirsty and merciless men that seek to legitimise, shield and protect the Fulani herdsmen.
Fani-Kayode wrote; “No they are not. They are an association of butchers of cows and men. They are the purveyors of violence, the custodians of falsehood and the repositories of evil. They are as perfidious as they are dangerous!
“They are an umbrella organisation of dark, callous, bloodthirsty and merciless men that seek to legitimise, shield and protect the Fulani herdsmen, the fourth most deadly terrorist organisation in the world.
“Comparing them to Afenifere or Ohaneze is like comparing the Church of Satan and the Cosa Nostra to the Vatican and the Anglican Communion,” he added.
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