By David Odama
LAFIA—CHAIRMAN, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Nasarawa State chapter, Alhaji Mohammed Hussaini, has accused fishermen in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state of poisoning 155 cows belonging to its members.
The Chairman spoke to journalists while reacting to the crisis that erupted between herdsmen and the youths of Eggon in Barkin-Kogi area of Sabonginda in Lafia East area of Nasarawa, which claimed two lives.
Hussaini, who expressed surprise at the attitude of the fishermen, called on the state government, the traditional rulers and security agencies to help safeguard the lives and properties of its members to forestall a recurrence.
He said the association, under his leadership, calmed the angry herdsmen from reacting, warning that the group could not “tolerate a situation where people invite crisis in a peaceful environment by poisoning cows that came to drink water in a stream. This is a devilish act.”
He also disassociated the association from a report that Hausa/Fulani community was behind the crisis that led to the death of the two persons in Barkin-Kogi area, noting that there was nothing like Hausa/Fulani communi-ty in any part of the country.
His words: “From today, any association with the name Hausa/Fulani will be taken to court; they should stop spoiling our name. We have our own organisation and are over 30 million in Nigeria.
“Our occupation is cattle rearing. No Hausa man rears cattle and our language is Fulfude, which the Hausa do not speak.”