Food Embargo: Northern Traders Take Case to Buhari
Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello and former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode Wednesday led the leadership of the Amalgamated Union of Food and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AFUCDN), to the presidential villa, Abuja to request for the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari on the issues leading to the recent food blockage imposed on the south.
Speaking to correspondents after a meeting with the Chief of Staff to President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Governor Bello disclosed that the union had tabled a list of demands, which must be met to avert a reoccurrence.
Bello said working with Fani-Kayode, he has been able to reach out to the major stakeholders on both sides insisting on the need for peace to reign.
He affirmed that he had gotten the commitment from parties to sheath their swords in order to end the hardship that has accompanied the food embargo.
The governor said he has gotten the commitment of the union in order for Nigerians not to continue to have hardship across the country to lift the ban on food and livestock transportation to the south.
Bello also spoke on the demands which the traders want the president to meet saying: “Number one demand is to ensure that their goods and the lives of their members anywhere in the country are safe.”
Also speaking, Fani-Kayode said but for the timely intervention, the crisis which he described as a very complicated issue, would definitely have snowballed into a major crisis in the country.
He described the intervention led by Bello and his team as “more or less like a miracle” as they acted within 72 hours which led to a positive resolution.