THE National Association of Piggery Farmers, NAPF, had deplored the marginalization of the association by the Federal Government, urging President Muhammad Buhari to establish piggery colonies in nine states in Northern Nigeria.
“Our pigs have been variously targeted for elimination in several Northern states. Those Sharia compliant states have refused to allow our legitimate business to thrive. Our members have been hounded and harassed by the Hisbah Police and others. We deplore this,” the NSPF said in a statement it released on Friday, January 12.
According to the association, “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 & Order.”
The NAPF is demanding that the federal government provides:
“1. Equal opportunities for all farmers and herders throughout the federation
“2. We demand for a 20 hectare Piggery Colony in the 19 Northern States especially Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, Bauchi, Niger, Borno and Gombe
“3. We demand the National Assembly to pass a law on Piggery Colonies in all Northern states
“4. We demand that a section of the Nigerian Army be employed in the protection of pigs and pig farmers
“5. We demand the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to set aside a budget for the importation of Pig Feed from Argentina
“6. 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
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!” the statement signed by Ogbuefi Animam Eze, national secretary, NAPF, said.
– Jan. 13, 2018 @ 1: 44 GMT /