A Fulani group, Kulen Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria (KACRAN) has asked Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigeria president to forget about making huge investment in petrol but rather invest in cattle rearing.
The group has since accused the president of wasting resources by investing in oil
Mr. Khalil Bello, the National President of the association, speaking on Monday in Damaturu, Yobe state capital, pointed out that the huge funds expended in the search of oil would have been better utilized in livestock development.
“One cannot compare renewable resources with natural deposits such as petroleum resources, which can be replaced with several alternative sources of energy such as biofuel, electricity, solar etc to motorise our engines.
“We are all aware that, no matter how abundant country’s petroleum resources is one day the resources will be exhausted or replaced by another source of energy more especially as the entire World now is crying of climate change and air pollution, mainly caused by heavy duty industries that are using petroleum resources for their daily operations.
“And even if petroleum resources are not replaced with other sources of energy, it will one day finish, and that is why whenever new petroleum well or wells are discovered, geologists or experts in the petroleum explorations usually state, when that petroleum is expected to be exhausted,” Bello disclosed.
The group said the north did very well during the colonial era, First and Second Republics without crude, and wondered why Buhari government is not thinking about investing in livestock.
“At this juncture, we want to reiterate what we have earlier said that by making this comparison or analysis we are not discouraging government or petroleum Companies from making oil exploration in the Northern part of our country, we are only stating facts as well as saying that let oil exploration be given third position in the North, after livestock and arable farming.
“We said so for the fact that, we know if to say part of the billions Naira expended for oil exploration in the North, is been spent judiciously for the development of agriculture, reclaiming our land encroached by desertification through massive three planting and production of posture and water points for both livestock and arable farming will develop to the extent that Northern Nigeria can feed the entire African States,” the KACRAN President asserted.