The overblown crisis between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, has taken yet another twist as the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) is now demanding for compensation for its members, killed during all forms of crisis in the country.
Baba Ngelzarma, National Secretary of MACBAN, who appealed to FG to set up a Ministry of Livestock Development to attend to the multidimensional needs of herdsmen, while briefing newsmen in Abuja, said no fewer than 1,000 of its members including women and children have been killed and 20,000 cattle rustled between June 2017 and January 2018 during crises in various states.
“We call on the government to pay compensation to victims of all crises to reduce their level of suffering.
If the government accepts that, it is left for them to establish a committee that will go and access the level of damage. We have a document of members that were affected by the pastoralists in the North-East but what we discovered is that none of them were captured in the IDPs programme because they are not sedentary.
Let the government compensate. That will help calm the situation very well,’’ he said.
Ngelzarma, who said the association had over 20 million registered members and no fewer than 50 million cattle, said that they were the most neglected farmers in the country. He further disclosed that the association welcomed the current resolve by the FG to address the lingering crises, adding that dialogue was the solution to the tackling the menace.
“We submit ourselves for any positive participation to restore mutual and harmonious relationship in the country. We dissociate ourselves from any other group or individual that is out to foment trouble in the country. .
We demand for immediate disarmament of all illegally armed militias across the country in the interest of peace, security and stability,’’ he said.