Cattle traders threaten to strike, make it easier to kill members
The United Alliance of Nigeria’s Food and Livestock Traders issued a seven-day ultimatum to the federal government over the killings of its members in parts of the country.
The union said it had previously complained to no avail about the incident to the government, security services and the National Assembly, saying it would go on strike if nothing was done to stop the killing of its members.
Speaking to reporters in Abuja on Sunday, union president Muhammad Tahir said food and livestock traders continue to face intimidation, humiliation and destruction of their goods.
Tahir added that 151 members were killed during the #EndSARS protests in October last year, and 100 were killed during the crisis at the Sasha market in Ibadan two weeks ago.
He also claimed that his association sent a letter to President Muhammad Bukhari about the killing of its members, but no action was taken.
Tahir asked the government for compensation in the amount of AD 450 billion for losses suffered by union members and for the dismantling of illegal roadblocks.
He said: “The Federal Government of Nigeria under President Muhammad Bukhari must immediately consider our requests at various times to address issues that include, but are not limited to compensation for lost lives and property; protect the rights of our members during transportation and in the workplace.
“Develop an agreement between the state governments and the union that subsequently, if violence breaks out in that state and our members are attacked, we will not hesitate to immediately stop our services.
“Based on the above, we then issue a seven-day ultimatum to the federal government during which the issues raised must be resolved, or we have no choice but to call our members for a national strike.”
Source: – Sahara Reporter.