The Amalgamated Union of Meals and Cattle Sellers of Nigeria has stated its members choose to lose their perishable farm gadgets and animals as a substitute of transporting the identical to the Southern a part of Nigeria.
The union spokesperson, Awwal Aliyu stated this whereas showing on AIT on Monday.
In line with Aliyu, the choice of the union to not provide meals to the South was to not starve southerners however to protest the assault on its members.
Aliyu alleged that a lot of its members have been killed, maimed and raped within the south, including that many properties have been misplaced, particularly through the Finish SARS protest and the latest Shasha market disaster in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
When requested if members of the union should not contemplating the truth that meals gadgets locked up inside vehicles in Jebba, Niger State could go dangerous inside days and quantity to large losses, Aliyu stated it might be higher to lose the meals gadgets than to lose lives.
He famous that when there’s life, a farmer would return to the farm to provide once more, saying life is extra necessary.
“You’re speaking about shedding items; which one is extra necessary, to lose a life or to lose property? Dropping property is healthier than shedding a life. We choose and our folks will choose to lose these farm gadgets or items than to proceed shedding their lives. If you’re alive, you’ll be able to plant one other factor, you’ll be able to rear one other cattle. However when you’re useless, you’ll be able to’t do this once more. Solely the residing can go to the farm,” he insisted.
Aliyu defined that Northerners have shunned attacking Southerners residing within the North regardless of their enormous inhabitants.
He acknowledged, “We don’t wish to destroy anyone. We don’t wish to kill anyone. The variety of Yorubas and Ibos that reside in Kano and Kaduna alone is excess of the variety of northerners in your complete South West, South-South and South East.
”Additionally, the investments of Yorubas and Igbos in Kano and Kaduna, operating into billions of Naira is greater than your complete investments of Northerners within the South West, South East and South-South when you take away Dangote. Our individuals are solely petty merchants, shoe shiners, fingernail cutters, wheelbarrow pushers, okada riders and so forth.
“Our folks within the South don’t have what Southerners have within the North. They’ve farmlands, buildings and lots of properties that run into billions. We don’t intend to the touch a needle out of it. We don’t intend to destroy anyone’s property. What we would like is to have our folks protected against being killed.”
He added that the strike embarked upon by the union final week was their proper, saying many letters have been written to the federal government with no motion taken to date.