- Some prominent Yoruba groups have planned to boycott beef in the southwest part of Nigeria
- The campaign against cows is being pushed by Afenifere, Iba Gani Adams, Yoruba Summit Group, and Sunday Igboho
- This is following the cattle dealers calling off their strike to stop the supply of beef and other foodstuffs to southern markets
Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Aare Onakankanfo, Iba Gani Adams, Yoruba Summit Group, and Sunday Igboho are campaigning for a boycott of beef in the southwest region.
Daily Trust reports that this was made known in an advertorial published on a one-day symbolic beef boycott tagged, “Anything but Cow Day” with the theme, “Towards Terminating the Cow Pandemic.”
According to the report, the boycott is starting from 12:01 am on Friday, March 5 to midnight.
Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere spokesman, confirmed the boycott on Thursday, March 4, in an interview with the newspaper.
He explained that Yoruba leaders would not continue to watch while their people were being killed in the name of cattle rearing.
Odumakin went on to note that many Yorubas were not happy with the massive destruction caused to the farmlands in the name of cattle rearing.
While urging the people to respond positively to the boycott, the spokesman added that cows are not the only source of protein available to the people.
Besides, he stressed that the Yoruba people would work towards ensuring food security in the region.
However, Kehinde Akinremi, a spokesperson with the Aare Onakankanfo said his boss was not involved in the planned boycott.
This is coming after the leadership of cattle and foodstuff dealers decided to lift the blockade placed on the supply of food to the southern parts of Nigeria.
The group under the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) arrived at the decision after a meeting with some governors in Abuja on Wednesday, March 3.
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AUFCDN said they decided to end the industrial action following the appeals made by the governors to them.
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