A former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode has alleged that he stopped eating cow meat because cattle rearers have sex with the animals.
In a tweet on his handle, the chieftain of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) noted that the act carried out by herdsmen has ritual colouration.
According to him, herdsmen do not eat cow meat because they have intimacy with the animals.
“I stopped eating cow meat when I learnt that the herders have sex with the cows before they are sold and slaughtered for their meat,” he tweeted.
“This is done for sexual gratification and ritual purposes. The meat is charmed. That is why herdsmen NEVER eat cows: they eat goats and chicken.”
I stopped eating cow meat when I learnt that the herders have sex with the cows before they are sold and slaughtered for their meat. This is done for sexual gratification and ritual purposes. The meat is charmed. That is why herdsmen NEVER eat cows: they eat goats and chicken.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) June 30, 2019
The plan by the government to establish Ruga settlements in parts of the country has met increasing opposition from different quarters.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, reads: “The Presidency wishes to draw attention to recent unhelpful comments regarding the plan to stop roaming of cattle herders with the attendant clashes with farmers.
“Ruga Settlement” that seeks to settle migrant pastoral families simply means rural settlement in which animal farmers, not just cattle herders, will be settled in an organized place with provision of necessary and adequate basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, road networks, vet clinics, markets and manufacturing entities that will process and add value to meats and animal products.”
Shehu said that beneficiaries will include all persons in animal husbandry, and not only Fulani herders.
He disclosed that the Federal Government is planning the Ruga settlements to curb open grazing of animals that continue to pose security threats to farmers and herders.
He said: “The overall benefit to the nation includes a drastic reduction in conflicts between herders and farmers, a boost in animal protection complete with a value chain that will increase the quality and hygiene of livestock in terms of beef and milk production, increased quality of feeding and access to animal care and private sector participation in commercial pasture production by way of investments.
“Other gains are job creation, access to credit facilities, security for pastoral families and curtailment of cattle rustling.
“Stripped of the politics and howling that has attended the recent comments, there is no government plan to seize state land, colonize territory or impose Ruga on any part of the federation. Government has made it clear time and again that the programme is voluntary.