The Amalgamated Union of Food and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AFUCDN), has given the Federal Government till February 24 to address their demands or face total withdrawal of services nationwide.
In a press briefing on Sunday, the leadership of the union said since the #ENDSARS protest in October, there has been incessant attacks on their members and their properties across the 36 conditions of the nation, including Abuja.
The Secretary General of AFUCDN, Ahmed Alarama, alluded to the new violence that erupted in Sasa in Ibadan, Oyo State, where he asserted that a portion of their members were slaughtered and their properties annihilated.
He said the union had kept in touch with the government, state governments, first class emirs, among others about their tragedy yet has not gotten any answer from any.
The gathering said they are demanding that the government brokers an understanding between state governments and AFUCDN to the extent: ” that hence if any violence of any nature ejects in that state and our members are assaulted, we won’ t spare a moment to promptly pull out our services. “
” In light of the abovementioned, we are consequently giving the government of Nigeria seven days ultimatum from the date of receipt of affirmation, inside which to address the issues raised or we will have no choice than to call our members on a nationwide strike, ” he said.
Alarama further said if nothing is done to address the plight of their members toward the finish of the ultimatum, they will have no alternative than to stop development of their dairy cattle and goods around the country. He said that there is right now a ton of distrust and disunity in the country.
” We have encouraged the government to intervene all together not to cause a circumstance which will lead to chaos and breakdown of law and order. Our members have kept on enduring intimidation, frustration, humiliation and annihilation of their goods.
” Given the absence of safety of our members and their properties nationwide, imposition of numerous taxations on the highways, notwithstanding our contribution to peace, progress, solidarity and monetary development of Nigeria, our members under the AUFUCDN demand that President Muhammadu Buhari revisit our demands and address the issues upsetting us, including compensation for lives and properties lost.
” We demand that government protect the rights of our members while on travel and at their places of working together, to destroy illicit barriers mounted on the highways by hoodlums in total disregard to laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, most particularly from Adamawa, Taraba, Benue down to Port Harcourt, ” he said.