A member of the House of Representatives, Aishatu Dukku, believes that the reason for the ongoing farmers/herders clashes in the country is because God created herdsmen to value cows over human lives.
The representative of Dakku, Nafada constituency in Gombe state, made the comments during plenary session on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, when the lower legislative chamber was discussing the recent killings allegedly orchestrated by herdsmen in Benue and Taraba.
“I don’t know why Nigerians have become so edgy now. Maybe because of the food we eat; we eat so much of maggi. We have become so impatient that we don’t want to listen to each other. We don’t want to proffer solutions that will be workable to our country.
Mr. Speaker, I sit here and my colleague is saying the herdsman values his cows more than the lives he is killing, but it’s not true. You can’t sit down here and just make conclusions.
Yes, the herdsman values even the life of the cow more than his own life. That is how God has created him.“
In response, lawmaker representing Ado/Obadigbo/Opkokwu in Benue State, Honourable Hassan Saleh, fired back at Aishatu Dukku.
“No cow, not even 10 billion cows, has enough value like a human being. So when you say God has created them (herdsmen) in such a manner that they value their cows more than human beings, I find that very insulting and demeaning,” he replied.