The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has claimed that her members have lost more than N5 billion due to the current health crisis.
This was part of the information Alhaji Yakubu Bello made known to newsmen, while reacting to the allegations made by Oyo State government that the Fulani community in the State were hiding their kinsmen who entered the state from the North, in a breach of the Federal Government’s inter-state border restriction law.
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.”