Deputy Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chuks Ibegbu, has condemned comment by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, that Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, is like the group and Afenifere.
“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”, Shehu had stated.
Reacting, Ibegbu noted that Afenifere and Ohanaeze could only be compared to Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, the apex Northern socio-political group.
A statement he signed read in part: “Garba Shehu committed a grave sin by such comparison between peace and pieces. Ohanaeze and Afenifere represent peace and Miyetti Allah represents pieces.
“It is like comparing the Vatican to Afghanistan,” he added, urging Garba to stop deceiving the public with wrong information.
“How can a group that encourages, supports, claps for and prods killers and terrorists be compared with Ohanaeze Ndigbo or Afenifere?” he quipped.
Ibegbu asked Garba Shehu to apologize to Ohanaeze and Afenifere for what he described as “verbal mismanagement”.