Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Asociation of Nigeria which are majorly Fulani herdsnemn had on Tuesday, said its members across the country have lost over N5billion to the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently ravaging the world.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected so many industry and the cattle breeders are the recent people to confirm the economic impacts of the pandemic.
One of the leaders of the association, Alhaji Yakubu Bello, made the disclosure while reacting to the allegation that the Fulani community in Oyo State was shielding their kinsmen who sneaked into the state from the North against the inter-state border restriction made by the Federal Government.
According to Bello, the Miyetti Allah in Oyo State had cautioned its members from the North on the need to obey the restriction order.
He said, “We have heard of cases of people that were arrested for defying inter-state lockdown order, whether they were coming from the North or anywhere from Nigeria, but I can tell you that nothing of such has happened from here.
“The moment the government announced the lockdown order, we have sent a strong warning to our people in all the states of the nation not to come to Oyo State for business or visit till this trying period is over.
“It is really a difficult period for our people as they have never experienced such restriction before. I can tell you that we have lost over N5 billion to the rampaging Coronavirus disease.
“This place used to be a beehive of commercial activities; people will come from all over the country to buy and sell. People sell not just cows and other livestock, but personal items and household materials here. It is now like a ghost town.”
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