Members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, have requested President Bola Tinubu not to overlook them in the ongoing appointments, saying they were even willing to work as sweeping staff in Aso Rock, the Federal Government’s headquarters.
Allhaji Gidado Siddikki, the Southeast zone leader of MACBAN, said the call was important because cattle breeders across the country prayed and voted for the President during the February 25 presidential election.
Siddikki said, “We are demanding appointments from Tinubu’s government. Even if it is as office sweepers, we are okay with it. All we want is for us to be part of the government at the centre.
“During the election, to my knowledge, my people voted for President Tinubu because his predecessor, President Muhammadu Buhari, told my people to vote for him, and they all did so.
“We prayed, supported, endorsed, and did everything politically possible to ensure his victory. So he should not abandon us.
“In the appointments the President has made so far, no Miyetti Allah member is among them, including the recently-screened ministerial nominees.
“In addition to the N8,000 proposed for palliative care and other benefits of the government, he should appoint us too, even as sweepers at the Presidential Villa.”
While praising the South-East governors for their continuing support for the association in the region, Siddikki, the Miyetti Allah leader, urged governments at all levels to fund the cattle industry as well, stressing that if it is not adequately maintained, it will become extinct.