The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN and Northern Livestock and Perishable Goods Market Traders’ Union have resolved to shut down their livestock and perishable goods markets to boost security in Enugu State.
The leaders of the groups made this known on Saturday in Enugu at a joint news conference after their meeting where they reviewed the security situation in the state as it concerned their businesses.
The Chairman of MACBAN in the South-East, Gidado Siddiki, who read their resolution, said that they would embark on the sensitisation of all livestock and perishable goods markets necessitating closure of the markets for two days.
Siddiki said: “We want to tell our people that they should be mindful of what they do so that they do not allow criminal elements to penetrate their camps.
“In this connection, we are embarking on sensitisation tour of all livestock and perishable goods markets and every Fulani settlements in Enugu State between Aug. 14 and Aug.15.
“We wish to state that during this sensitisation exercise all livestock and perishable goods markets will be closed down either in cattle markets, Fulani settlements or wherever they exist throughout Enugu State.’’
He said that various security agencies, including the police, DSS, military and Civil Defence, would provide the groups with adequate security during the statewide sensitisation.
Siddiki said that they regretted the unfortunate incident that led to the death of Rev. Fr. Paul Offu of St. James The Greater Parish, Ugbawka, and enjoined his family and the people of the state to mourn with fortitude.
“In appreciation of the good gesture, which Enugu State Government and people have extended to us, we are prepared to join hands with the police, military and other security agencies in ensuring maximum security in our neighbourhood.
“We, therefore, appreciate Enugu State Government for the peace that prevails in the state which has helped us in our business and the peaceful co-existence we have enjoyed over the years,’’ he added.
The resolution was jointly signed by the Sarkin Hausawa in Enugu State, Abukakar Yusuf Sambo; Gidado Siddiki, Ahmed Yahaya, Alhaji Danladi Abubakar, Ahmed Khalia, Umar Aji, Tijani Yunusa, Kaka Madu Waziri, among other representatives.