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Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by Naijiant: 1:12pm On Feb 10, 2021
Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka, while speaking to the BBC this week, called out President Muhammadu Buhari for a failure to deal with the terror being visited on Nigeria in the name of grazing cattle all over the country. Buhari is a patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), a pressure group for cattle owners, and Soyinka suggested that the president’s conflict of interest was a factor in his failure to act decisively on the issue.

The literature professor said the president should address the country saying: “I know I am the patron of the cattle rearers association etc., and I am a cattle rancher myself and it is a business. And I do not run my business by killing people. I do not run my business by raping, by displacing, by torturing. I do not run my business by occupying land that does not belong to me and I am warning a business people in the food commodity, all cattle reared, whatever comes to you for illegal occupation for trespassing on other people’s property is your business and I am ordering the army, I am ordering all the security forces to back citizens’ efforts in flushing you out.”

But Soyinka and the entire country know that Buhari won’t even think about saying anything of that sort. The reason the president won’t act was alluded to by Soyinka – cattle breeding is a business and a very lucrative one for that matter. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in its World Cattle Inventory ranking of 209 countries, placed Nigeria at 14th in the world with 20m cows. One cow is worth about 200,000 naira. This means cattle breeding in Nigeria is a 4tn naira (approx. $10bn) business.

Unlike Brazil on the top of the world cattle inventory and other countries on the top 10 like the US and Argentina, where ranches are the main places for breeding cattle, Nigeria’s 20m cows use the entire country as grazing land. Those cows are owned by very rich and powerful Nigerians, who pay the herdsmen a very small wage for looking after their assets. Most of the beef on Nigerian dinner tables comes from those cows. The cow owners deliberately choose the primitive method of moving cattle by foot across the country in search of pasture instead of housing the cows in ranches. The costs of feed and water for 20m cows would run in billions of dollars annually.

The profitable business of breeding cattle is run, in the words of Soyinka, “by killing people”. This is because cows are moved all over the country in search of grass and water. This often results in trespass on people’s farms and the destruction of crops. Farmers tend to retaliate to the destruction of their livelihood and violence ensues. The cows are also vulnerable to cattle rustlers. To protect their investment, rich cattle breeders engaged an armed militia that carries out reprisal attacks when the business of grazing is disrupted by either irate farmers or rustlers. Those reprisals also serve as a deterrent for any community thinking about preventing grazing in any shape or form.

The powerful cattle owners include senior politicians, the military and police top brass and other wealthy Nigerians. The police and the military do very little to stop the violence involved with herding and former army chief and ex defence minister Theophilus Danjuma accused the military of colluding with the herdsmen. They collude because very senior officers are also involved in the cattle business. Recently in Bende, Abia State, the police commissioner arrested traditional rulers after farmers in the community retaliated because herdsmen took over their farms.

The amount of money involved and the power of those that own the cattle mean that the violence is unlikely to be quelled soon. It is time to try something different.

Nigerians need to ask themselves whether the beef on their dinner table is worth the bloodshed involved in the business. In advanced countries many have been known to quit eating meat after revelations of animal cruelty. But Nigerians don’t seem bothered about the people killed to satisfy their demand for beef.

There are two examples of how a peaceful approach to end the violence can be adopted and adapted to the Nigerian terrain. Firstly, “blood diamonds” or “conflict diamonds” were diamonds sold to finance insurgencies and warlords in countries like Sierra Leone. The UN, with a handful of resolutions, played a major role in the effort to reduce the trading in those diamonds. The beef in Nigerian markets are “blood beef”, but the Nigerian government can’t be expected to act because senior officials, including the president, are involved in the business.

Nigerians would have to take direct action to end the killing. This brings us to the power of peaceful grassroots mobilisation as was shown during the Montgomery Bus Boycott against the policy of racial segregation in public transport in Montgomery, Alabama. The campaign lasted from December 1955 to December 1956. The boycott was a lot more than black people just refusing to ride the buses. It involved serious grassroots organisation. People with cars volunteered to provide car pools to ferry people to work. Others walked miles to work and they provided each other with company, singing along the way to make the walking less stressful. The boycott hit the bus companies where it hurt the most - in the pocket. They were forced to change.

The time is ripe in Nigeria for a mass boycott of beef. Most of it comes from Fulani herdsmen’s cows. If you don’t buy the beef, you will make an impact on a business run by killing people. When people stop buying, the rich owners may reconsider their business strategy. There should be a mass sensitisation campaign about the links between the cattle business and deaths due to the search for grazing land and refusal to invest in ranching by the rich owners of the cattle. There should be a mobilisation programme to provide alternative sources of beef and meat. It should go beyond just calling for a boycott and hoping for the best. An end to demand for Fulani herdsmen beef would create a business opportunity for other business people to set up ranches and breed cattle in a modern and more sustainable way.
https://www.naijiant.com/articles/fulani-herdsmen-crisis-time-for-a-beef-boycott/

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Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by Shelumiel: 1:20pm On Feb 10, 2021
Buhari can never condemn Miyetti Allah and its killers because he is their grand patron who survives on the blood of innocent Nigerians
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by Omoluabi1stborn: 1:22pm On Feb 10, 2021
Lol.
Poultry, Pig meat, and fish has already overtaken South West.
I don't know of other places sha.
We can do without Cow meat here
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by Beremx(f): 1:38pm On Feb 10, 2021
Why should I boycott beef because of Fulani? God didn’t create cows because of the terrorist group.
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by Amotolongbo(f): 2:02pm On Feb 10, 2021
Omoluabi1stborn:
Lol.
Poultry, Pig meat, and fish has already overtaken South West.
I don't know of other places sha.
We can do without Cow meat here
Even soya meat (bésúké) is being sold everywhere now and a perfect substitute for beef wink
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by Omoluabi1stborn: 2:07pm On Feb 10, 2021
Amotolongbo:
Even soya meat (bésúké) is being sold everywhere now and a perfect substitute for beef wink

Exactly but can't replaced Beef on Christmas rice or ramadan rice cool

But Chicken can wink
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by AfonjaMuslim: 2:14pm On Feb 10, 2021
Boycotting beef will curb their destruction of farms, but will it end kidnapping ?
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by butterfly777(m): 3:39pm On Feb 10, 2021
Yes
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by Nooel1: 8:39pm On Feb 10, 2021
If I hear say Afonjas boycott meat. Afonjas have a penchant for meat more than their children. As long as Amala and Ewedu is concerned afonjas will continue to sell their lands to Fulani herdsmen with a view to getting a piece of meat from them.

Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by helinues: 8:41pm On Feb 10, 2021
Awon dindirin.

You want to boycott beef without creating an alternative?

Nonsense
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by butterfly777(m): 8:52pm On Feb 10, 2021
helinues:
Awon dindirin.

You want to boycott beef without creating an alternative?

Nonsense

Bros shine your eyes, alternatives exist already.

We have fish. We have chicken. We have puck.
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by helinues: 8:54pm On Feb 10, 2021
butterfly777:


Bros shine your eyes,

Have you been shinning your teeth before? undecided
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by Blue3k(m): 8:55pm On Feb 10, 2021
helinues:
Awon dindirin.

You want to boycott beef without creating an alternative?

Nonsense

There's no alternatives like pork, chicken and fish available? What you should be asking is why is this thread appearing every year. Nobody is boycotting anything in mass.
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by butterfly777(m): 8:56pm On Feb 10, 2021
Nooel1:
If I hear say Afonjas boycott meat. Afonjas have a penchant for meat more than their children. As long as Amala and Ewedu is concerned afonjas will continue to sell their lands to Fulani herdsmen with a view to getting a piece of meat from them.

We know that many agents have been employed to pretend to be Ibo or Yoruba and attack Ibo or Yoruba posts to make it appear they don't like each other.

It is well. God is with the Ibos. God is with the Yoruba. Our common enemies have failed.
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by helinues: 8:58pm On Feb 10, 2021
Blue3k:


There's no alternatives like pork, chicken and fish available? What you should be asking is why is this thread appearing every year. Nobody is boycotting anything in mass.

Head beheading is not a solution to an headache..

What's the percentage of the troublesome Fulani herdsmen?
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by Blue3k(m): 9:21pm On Feb 10, 2021
helinues:


Head beheading is not a solution to an headache..

What's the percentage of the troublesome Fulani herdsmen?

Lol you equate boycotts to decapitation? Spending money with different party is very peaceful since nobody entitled to your money.

A small percentage of people are crimals to begin with but they're impact can be large. Since Nigeria doesnt keep good crimal stats lets use America as the example. Blacks are 12 percentage of the population and responsible for 50 of the homicides. If they're business practices are causing trouble simply take away profits to incentivize better behavior.

Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by helinues: 9:24pm On Feb 10, 2021
Blue3k:


Lol you equate boycotts to decapitation? Spending money with different party is very peaceful since nobody entitled to your money.

A small percentage of people are crimals to begin with but they're impact can be large. Since Nigeria doesnt keep good crimal stats lets use America as the example. Blacks are 12 percentage of the population and responsible for 50 of the homicides. If they're business practices are causing trouble simply take away profits to incentivize better behavior.

What exactly are you insinuating? What's the % of the Fulani herdsmen committing crimes in Nigeria compared to Armed robbers, kidnappers, ritualist?
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by Blue3k(m): 9:33pm On Feb 10, 2021
helinues:


What exactly are you insinuating? What's the % of the Fulani herdsmen committing crimes in Nigeria compared to Armed robbers, kidnappers, ritualist?

How can I answer your demographic question when nobody officially keeps track of that data? I already told you Nigeria doesn't keep good crime stats to begin with. The point is it doesn't matter if the it's a minority committing crime it needs to be dealt with boycotting is just one method.
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by helinues: 9:35pm On Feb 10, 2021
Blue3k:


How can I answer your demographic question when nobody officially keeps track of that data. I already told you Nigeria doesn't keep good stats to begin with. The point is it doesn't matter if the it's a minority committing crime it needs to be dealt with boycotting is just on method.


Should be boycott the pharmaceutical drugs just because we have some fake drugs,?
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by Blue3k(m): 9:38pm On Feb 10, 2021
helinues:


Should be boycott the pharmaceutical drugs just because we have some fake drugs,?

You should boycott certain producers if you dont like their products if alternatives exist. As I stated before there's alternatives to beef like chicken pork and fish. If you dont wish to eat those meats just say that.
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by helinues: 9:40pm On Feb 10, 2021
Blue3k:


You should boycott certain producers if you dont like their products if alternatives exist. As I stated before there's alternatives to beef like chicken pork and fish. If you dont wish to eat them just say that.

Who should be blamed if some people recreate fake product of a certain company,?
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by saaron(m): 9:40pm On Feb 10, 2021
Why will a sane person eat cow meat contaminated with human DNA? Fulanis mate with their cows before selling. I'm glad I rear chickens.

NOTE: When they (fulanis) say Schools, healthcare centers, and residential accomodation should be build in Ruga, just have it at the back of your mind that the said Ruga is nothing but a settlement for fulanis.
One will begin to wonder, Whats the purpose of using STATE FUNDS to build schools for businesses that's supposed to be PRIVATE? Are there schools or healthcare centers in poultry farms?

Deep in their hearts, Ruga proponents know their plan is not "Ranching" in it's true definition, as practiced in civilized societies, but a more diabolical plot to house fulanis both home and abroad in Nigeria through Ruga, which really means: FULANI RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM.

Buhari's fulani terrorists regime can only deceive themselves. Bloody murderers.
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by Blue3k(m): 9:43pm On Feb 10, 2021
helinues:


Who should be blamed if some people recreate fake product of a certain company,?

The guilty party should be blamed. If its an industry wide problem the spotlight should be shined on them in general. That's one reason why regulations exist.
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by helinues: 9:47pm On Feb 10, 2021
Blue3k:


The guilty party should but blamed. If its an industry wide problem the spotlight showed be shined on them in general. That's one why regulations.

So you meant if Pfizer product are reproduced by fake people, the company should be shut down?
Re: Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Time For A Beef Boycott by Blue3k(m): 9:52pm On Feb 10, 2021
helinues:


So you meant if Pfizer product are reproduced by fake people, the company should be shut down?

Yes that's what happens when u violate intellectual property rights. The government can shut down your opperation by suspending or revoking business licenses. Other punishments can include jail time and fines. Did you not know this before asking me?

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