The amalgamated union of foodstuff and cattle dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) has said it is unbothered by the ban placed on ‘Fulani cows’ in the southeast by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
IPOB head of directorate Chika Edoziem had said in a statement on Monday that the ban would take effect from April 22.
However, AUFCDN president Muhammad Tahir said the union is ready to stop all food transport from the north to the southern part of the country.
“We want Nigeria to be one country and one people so that every part of the country would enjoy what the other produces but since this is what they (IPOB) have decided so be it,” he told BBC Pidgin.
Tahir said food is what is being carried to the south, not poison.
“So how do you take food to someone who says he does not want your food yet the person is killing you? It is not possible,” he added.
Tahir said that he does not know why IPOB uses food as a propaganda tool when it knows that the south cannot endure for a day without food from the north.
AUFCDN embarked on nationwide strike in March 2021, saying some of their members died from the violence which followed the #EndSARS protests.
At the time, Tahir said they decided to call off the strike after the government promised to pay N4.75billion which they demanded as compensation, ensure protection of their members and stop all forms of multiple taxation on the highways.