‘Over 1 million’ cattle lost to Boko Haram, rustlers in North-east, Group claims

Cattle herd used to illustrate the story.
Cattle used to illustrate the story.

Nigerian Fulani herdsmen pressure group, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, says its members have lost over one million cattle and other livestock to Boko Haram insurgents and rustlers in the North-east.

The North-east Vice Chairman of the association, Mafindi Danburam, said this on Thursday in Yola in an interview with journalists.

Mr. Damburam said while most of the union’s members in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe lost their livestock to Boko Haram, the losses were to rustlers in Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states.

He appealed to government to consider the affected herdsmen in its resettlement and rehabilitation programmes for the North-east.

He said the typical herdsman knew no other business than rearing and needed to be assisted over their losses.

“A typical herdsman knows no other business than rearing his cattle and such person who is now rendered redundant and idle needs to be supported to pick up his life before he joins bad company and becomes a problem.

“Government needs to consider affected herdsmen under its rehabilitation programme for North-east, particularly the much- talked about North-East Development Commission,” Mr. Danburam said.

The vice chairman, who was in Adamawa over the latest farmers/herdsmen clashes, sued for peace and the need to embrace dialogue.

“In some of those states, particularly Taraba, the problem is mostly not between us and farmers but between us and rustlers,” Mr. Damburam claimed.

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