As President Muhammadu Buhari with his minister of agriculture, Audu Ogbe, is forcibly demanding for cattle colonies from states across the federation, members of Nigeria association of piggery farmers are also demanding for piggery colonies from the 19 northern states of Nigeria.
In a heavily worded letter made available to journalists, national secretary of the association, Ogbuefi Animam Eze, said members of the association have been marginalised by the federal government, noting that their pigs have been targeted for elimination n several northern states.
He said sharia states have refused to legitimise their business, hence subjecting their members to various degrees of maltreatment as their members have been hounded and harassed by the Hisbah police and others.
He said: “The federal ministry of agriculture has paid deaf ears to out plight. Our members demand that the marginalization must stop in order to forestall the breakdown of law and order.”
To this end, the farmers make the following demands:
“1. Equal opportunities for all farmers and herders throughout the federation
- We demand for a 20 hectare piggery colony in the 19 northern states especially Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, Bauchi, Niger, Borno and Gombe states
- We demand the National Assembly to pass a law on piggery colonies in all northern states
- We demand that a section of the Nigerian Army be employed in the protection of pigs and pig farmers
- We demand the federal ministry of agriculture to set aside a budget for the importation of pig feed from Argentina
- We demand a special department of piggery in the federal ministry of agriculture.
Dear Mr. President, we are a law abiding association. We prevent our members from being provoked by the government-backed Hisbah/Islamic horde that aim to destroy our pig farmers.
We shall not be involved in attacking and killing the anti-piggery people in the Sharia states. If these things are not done, we can no longer guarantee that our members would not deliberately target our transducers.”