CNB News –The presidency has denied offering N100 billion naira to the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN). Reports were rife online today claiming the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, met with members of the herdsmen association last Friday May 3rd and offered them N100 billion to stop the kidnappings.
Reacting to the claim, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in an interview with Channels TV, said the report is an absolute falsehood.
“That is an absolute falsehood. In all of those meetings, nothing like money was discussed,” he said when asked if the Federal Government offered the sum to the association.
According to Shehu, the meeting was for the leadership of the group to prevail on its erring members as the existence of miscreants in the group does not in anyway mean that everyman in the group has a criminal mind.