The Nigerian Presidency has warned against the criminalisation of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).
Before now, some Nigerians including some socio-cultural groups in the country refer to Miyetti Allah as a group made up of criminals.
A former minister had recently described the group as purveyors of violence and murders.
The minister was reacting to the meeting between the federal government and the cattle-breeding group over insecurity in some parts of the country.
The group was said to have reached an agreement with the government in which they will be paid to caution some alleged bad eggs in their midst. The government which defended the meeting as one of its measures to find lasting peace dismissed claims that it offered money to the group.
But warning that the norm in which the group is described should henceforth stop, the presidency said there is no group which does not have criminals among them.