The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) has vowed to continue the food blockade to South West.
News Mail Nigeria reports that speaking to TheCable, Awwalu Aliyu, an official of AUFCDN said the aim of the food blockage is not to starve anybody but to protest against the killing and destruction of properties of Northerners in the South.
He added that Northerners lost lives and properties in the South during the #EndSARS protest and recently, during the Shasha market crisis in Ibadan. He insisted that it is better they lose food products locked up in trucks in Jebba, Niger State than lose human lives of Northerners.
“It would be better to lose the food items than to lose lives.
“You’re talking about losing goods; which one is better, to lose a life or to lose property? Losing property is better than losing a life.
“We prefer and our people will prefer to lose those farm items or goods than to continue losing their lives. If you are alive, you can plant another thing, you can rear another cattle. But if you’re dead, you can’t do that again. Only the living can go to the farm.
“We do not want to destroy anybody. We do not want to kill anybody. The number of Yorubas and Ibos that reside in Kano and Kaduna alone is far more than the number of northerners in the entire south-west, south-south and south-east.
“Also, the investments of Yorubas and Igbos in Kano and Kaduna, running into billions of naira is more than the entire investments of northerners in the south-west, south-east and south-south if you remove Dangote. Our people are only petty traders, shoe shiners, fingernail cutters, wheelbarrow pushers, okada riders and so on.
“Our people in the south don’t have what southerners have in the north. They have farmlands, buildings and a lot of properties that run into billions. We do not intend to touch a needle out of it. We do not intend to destroy anybody’s property. What we want is to have our people protected from being killed.”