Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has welcomed and reiterated its supported for the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).
MACBAN National Secretary Baba Othman Ngelzarma stated this when he spoke on behalf of the executive members that visited the Presidential Villa on Wednesday July 22.
Vice President Osinbajo, while interacting with them, said the NLTP approved by the National Economic Council provides the solution to cattle rustling in the country.
The VP urged the Association “to play more active part in the effort to ensure the implementation of the National Livestock Plan and engage in more advocacy to enlighten its members about the programme as a way to douse the crisis in the country.”
It would be recalled that the association was actively involved in the development of the plan by a Sub-Committee of the NEC, chaired by Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi.
The Association then solicited support of the Federal Government to protect its members, noting that more than 10,000 pastoralists have been killed as a result of cattle rustling, banditry, kidnapping and herder/farmer clashes.
In another meeting held virtually on Wednesday with representatives of the Diaspora Professionals for PYO, Prof. Osinbajo said Nigerians must not give up on the dream of a new Nigeria, offering new possibilities and greatness.
Expressing the firm belief in the country’s future, Prof. Osinbajo further noted that “I intend to stay very actively engaged in the politics of our country, because I believe strongly that, if God gives us that opportunity, the change will be swift and we will make a real difference. We must continue to push. If we give up and say let’s see how it goes, we will be much further back than where we started from.”
The Diaspora Professionals for PYO is a group that deployed efforts towards the aspiration of the VP to run for president under the APC platform. The members are accomplished Nigerian professionals across different fields of endeavours in countries across North America, Australia, and Europe, including US, Canada and the UK.