Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has urged the Federal Government check influx of herdsmen from neighbouring countries.
It turged the government to take advantage of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) transhumance certificate protocol,
The statement was jointly signed by Alhaji Muhammad Kiruwa, President, and Alhaji Baba Ngelzarma, National Secretary of the Association respectively on Thursday in Abuja.
Ngelzarma said that the advice was part of resolutions reached at th National Executive meeting of the association with its Chairman, Board of Trustees, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, held in Abuja.
Acccording to the group, the meeting was convened to review the deteriorating security situation in the country, as
MACBAN also said thatthe meeting called on the Federal Government to start sensitisation programmes for pastoralists
The statement said: “The meeting also called on the Federal Government to introduce social support programmes, as is done to other sectors of the economy such as farmers and miners, the petroleum sector.
“This will alleviate the huge losses of livestock; taking into consideration the over five million cattle that have been lost as a result of banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and climate change.
“The meeting expressed its outrage at how 1,730 cows were allegedly rustled in Kafin Koro, in Mariga Local Government Area in Niger State, on February 2, which rendered several families destitute, without any means of livelihood.
“The meeting once again called on the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to distinguish its name (Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria) with that of a newly registered organisation bearing the same Miyetti Allah, so as not to confuse the public.
“The meeting also appealed to the Federal Government to take immediate action against local criminal gangs known as “Yansakai” in Kebbi and Niger states, who are involved in wanton killings of 153 innocent pastoralists.”.