By Ahmed O. | ABUJA
The federal government of Nigeria led by President Muhammadu has abandoned livestock business and Fulani herdsmen, said Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), which added that Fulani herders need protection and help from the government.
In a chat with reporters in Abuja, president of the association, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, said the government spends millions of naira on agronomy, but gave nothing for livestock.
Ngelzarma described farmers as “illiterates without any form of organization” that matches cattle breeders.
According to him, livestock business is next to oil and it can sustain the economy of Nigeria than farming.
The Miyetti Allah president exonerated Fulani herders of attacks on civilians, kidnapping and killing of farmers across the country. But multiple reports and survivors has indicted the herders since 2015 when Buhari became president of Nigeria.
Fulani herders are under threat, they deserve government protection because they are victims of attacks by bandits, kidnappers and others, he alleged.