Nigerians on twitter rose in defence of Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki as they took to the social media platform to condemn the threat made by a member of the Miyetti Allah Cattles Breeders Association on him.
The Benue state coordinator of the association, Garus Gololo had warned that Saraki should resign or be forced out of office.
But the national body of the cattle breeders association in a statement signed by its secretary, Othman Ngelzarma on Wednesday, dissociated itself from the threat adding that the comment of Gololo did not reflect its official position.
However, Twitter users responding to the issue flayed the association for call adding that the statement confirmed the association was the military wing of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Some of their responses are presented below:
Eze Kingsley @ezekingx: Last time I checked @bukolasaraki is No3 man in Nigeria, I’m not sure of Oshiomhole and Miyetti Allah position to be issuing treats @Gidi_Traffic
SAPIOSEXUAL @Mazimum: These Mayetti Allah guys are mistaking Nigeria for a ‘ranching Republic where they can push their cows anyhow.
PENTECOST AMOS @KinPenticost-A: “Miyetti Allah” has always Keep quiet whenever Tyrant Buhari isn’t in the Country and Osinbajo is in charge. I just hope this tyranny won’t continue ruling this country or else “things might fall apart”
Austyn @Austyniyasele: Now this is the dangerous side of it all. @bukolasaraki beware cows are going to graze everywhere for you henceforth.(assassins). Once miyetti Allah threatens then it is a total showdown. At least now we know who Miyetti Allah works for and the party they belong.
Ebuka Akara @ebuka_akara: Miyetti Allah cattle breeders association of Nigeria is asking the Senate President Bukola Saraki to resign or be forced out.
Whalay @Whalay2: I hope we all sense the pattern… Buhari at home Miyetti Allah flexes muscle… Buhari travelled Miyetti Allah keeps quiet… Now Buhari is back the noise they couldn’t make under Osibanjo has started. God help Nigeria. We really need help
change the change @iamchinedunwosu: Saraki should resign or we’ll get him out- Miyetti Allah.
There’s nothing one will not hear or see in this current dispensation, wetin concern Agbero with overload?
Mary-Ann Duke Okon @mimieyo: So Miyetti Allah is asking Saraki to resign or be impeached! Are they politicians now? Are you thinking what I’m thinking?! #ThisIsNigeria
The Son of Man @olufemisp: Miyetti Allah says Saraki should resign, or he’ll be “forced out”. I didn’t know they were elected legislators.
OLUWAFERANMI @Kingsglaive90: So Miyetti Allah can now threaten to unseat the President of the Senate……What a time to be alive @segalink @YemieFASH @yemi_adebowale
Babasola Kuti @SKSolaKuti: “Resign or we will force you out”. – Miyetti Allah to Saraki. The militant wing of Buhari’s presidency has spoken. If you ever needed proof that they are more than cattle rearer…Here you go… #TheyCollude
D’Love Doctor @Blink4ink_: And to think “Miyetti Allah” has not been declared a terrorist group…even threatening the Senate president @bukolasaraki. This is Nigeria
Oshinaike Adewunmi @DewunmiLagos: Resign or we’ll force you out, Miyetti Allah tells Saraki. I guess we are beginning to know those behind this nonsense.
Olanrewaju Akinsola @akinsola_lanre: What a time to be alive…Miyetti Allah can now threaten the president of the senate. God did we offend you? I don’t understand anymore….
…association distances self from anti-Saraki statement
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has distanced itself from a statement asking Senate President Bukola Saraki to resign or be forcefully removed.
Chairman of the association in Benue State, Garus Gololo, had said the senate president is working to undermine the presidency. He then asked Saraki to relinquish his position or be forced out.
But in a statement on Wednesday, Othman Ngelzarma, national secretary of MACBAN, said Gololo spoke in his personal capacity.
Ngelzarma said Gololo would be sanctioned for making the comment and asked the public to disregard it.
“The attention of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has been drawn to an interview granted by one Garus Gololo in Makurdi to Punch Newspaper titled ‘Resign or we will force you out’. Miyetti Allah to Saraki. This statement is unfortunate,” the statement read.
“I will categorically state that Garos Gololo spoke in his personal capacity and has no mandate to speak on behalf of the association. Miyetti Allah is a non partisan association with no interest in the political terrain and we couldn’t meddle into the affairs of political actors thereby compounding our already obvious challenges.
“I therefore urge all and sundry to disregard this statement. This statement is not from MACBAN and should be disregarded in its entirety.
“We take exception on this statement and Garos Gololo is entirely on his own and will be sanctioned accordingly. We cannot afford to add up to the many challenges we are confronted with.
“I’m therefore appealing to the general public to disregard this statement as it is coming from someone who doesn’t have the mandate of the association to speak on its behalf. Thank You and God bless you all.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has repeatedly called on Saraki to relinquish his position following his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).