Cattle and foodstuff traders have agreed to resume foodstuff supplies to southern Nigeria, following the intervention of Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi and a former aviation minister, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode.
The Chairman of the group, Mr Mohammed Tahir, said the association had embarked on the strike in a bid to stop food and cattle supplies to Nigeria’s South-West, South-East and South-South.
Tahir said, however, that the association had decided to resume supplies, following appeals by Bello and other prominent Nigerians, who had been pleading with the traders.
He explained that the embargo was a way to express the grievances of members of the association, following alleged attacks on some members of the association during the #EndSARS protest and Shasha Market crisis in Ibadan.
Tahir said that the association had chosen to toe the line of peace in resolving the matter, rather than carrying out reprisal attacks on fellow Nigerians.
“We demand compensation for those who died and attention for those still in the hospital. We demand that those who perpetrated this crimes should be punished.
“We want our people to be assured of their safety as they go about their lawful businesses,” said Tahir.
Responding, Bello lauded the traders for calling off their strike, praising them for not carrying out attacks on their fellow Nigerians.
The governor assured the traders that he would ensure that their demands were met and that he would also engage with other governors and stakeholders to ensure peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
Bello said that he had since engaged Mr Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, to make sure that everyone embraced peace.
The governor advised the traders to be weary of people, wanting to use them to stir violence, saying that Nigeria had come a long way as a united nation.
“In order not to allow these losses to continue, call off your strike immediately and that will allow us to ensure that your demands are met.
“I want to assure you that these five demands and even more will come your way and we are starting now.
“I will follow up with Mr President and even if I have to go down south to meet with all the governors. Believe me, whether APC or PDP, no governor will condone crisis.
Also speaking, Fani-Kayode commended Bello for his intervention on the matter, stating that the governor had not rested until he ensured that the matter was resolved.
“If anybody had told me this situation would be resolved this easily, I would not believe but Gov. Yahaya Bello has done that.
“Bello is an extra-ordinary man because this country was on the brink of catastrophe just some few weeks back but he has resolved that.”
Fan-Kayode said that the meeting had shown that there was still hope for peace and unity in Nigeria. (NAN)