The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, says over one million cattle and other livestock of it’s members were lost to Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
The North-East Vice Chairman of the association, Alhaji Mafindi Danburam, made the claim on Thursday in Yola while speaking with newsmen.
He noted that most of the union members in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe lost their cattle to Boko Haram while those in Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba lost theirs to rustlers.
He,however, called on the government to consider the affected herdsmen in its resettlement and rehabilitation programmes for the North-East.
He said, “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.”