COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE EMERGENCY MEETING OF SUPREME COUNCIL OF ELDERS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA (SCEIPOB) ON FULANI ‘HERDSMEN’ INVASION OF BIAFRALAND
Owerri, 1st May, 2016
“Did you know that eastern Nigeria had a very big cattle industry till the civil war wiped it out?” http://www.gbam.tv/business/
decline-eastern-nigerian- muturu-cattle-breed-industry- duruebube. This was a question posed at a workshop on the crisis of the Igbo traditional cow industry. Eastern Nigeria is the traditional cattle-breeding heartland of Forest West Africa, with a domesticated ‘stay-at-home’ cattle; which like humans bears only singletons. It is called Ehi.
“Also speaking at the workshop, the Director, Animal Production and Husbandry Services in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ademola Raji said, “I would like to reiterate that the federal government is very determined and fully committed to ensure that the nation is self-sufficient in food production in general and beef meat from muturu cattle breed in particular.” Muturu is what they call the Igbo cow as Fulani cow is the Zebu. Today the Igbo cow would still fetch more than twice the price of the physically bigger Fulani cow, which Igbo ancestors never ate and would never accept as Ehi during cultural events.
Ademola Raji’s statement shows that Nigeria’s officialdom are aware of the crisis of the Eastern Nigerian indigenous cattle industry, as other industries, destroyed by the Nigeria-Biafra war. But like the 3Rs, it’s all cynical expression of intentions at rehabilitation, to which no intended action is attached. Food for thought!