Kulen Allah Cattle Rearers Association Of Nigeria KACRAN says the unauthorized allocation of lands on cattle route will jeopardizes the livelihood of thousands of pastoralists and poses a significant threat to the longstanding peace and security of the region.
The National President of KACRAN Hon Khalil Mohammed Bello made this known in a statement issued to newsmen on Friday.
The Statement called on the Executive Chairman, Potiskum LGA, Hon. Alh. Salisu Muntari to as a matter of urgency, halt the unauthorized destruction of the crucial cattle route in Juma’a village, Potiskum LGA.
Hon Khalil said the route which has served as an international cattle route for over a century, has been illegally obstructed and parceled out as plots by the village head of Juma’a Alh Yusuf Baba with the backing of the vice chairman of the Local Government.
Alh Khalil noted that their actions had contravened the orders of Governor Mai Mala Buni which directed all Local Government Council Chairmen to establish committees aimed at fostering peace between farmers and herders, and to also safeguarde grazing reserves and cattle routes from encroachment.
KACRAN Boss explained that the admission by the Village Head during an interview with the press, and the subsequent inaction by the Local Government, has led to further destruction and allocation of the cattle route for personal gain.
The cattle route is not only a historic pathway for herders from Cameroon through Nigeria to Niger, but also a critical component in preventing conflicts between farmers and herders.
The Statement, appealed to the chairman of Potiskum LGA Hon Alh.Salisu Muntari who has interveined on similar situations to do the same to put an end to the issues of cattle routes encroachment, with commitment to peace and unity.