Cows in Nigeria are beginning to feel the pain and crisis of the nation as 21 were killed by a Thunderbolt in Nasarawa State.
Weird as this sounds, this could be a retribution on the animals for the harm they have caused on both crops and the farmers.
According to the statement of the Zonal Secretary, Jaafaru Usman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Nasarawa South on Thursday, 13th October, the thunderbolt incident happened in Ashige in Lafia East Development Area of Nasarawa state.
Usman confirmed the incidents saying that the thunder struck on Tuesday morning during a downpour killing all the 21 cows belonging to a herdsman, Malam Bature Lere.
Narrating his ordeal, Lere said the incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. His statement revealed that the cows were all that he had and appealed to the state government and well-meaning individuals to come to his aid.
“I am appealing to Governor Umaru Al-Makura to assist this man who lost all his cows to the disaster,” he said.
However, Usman advised the herdsman to regard the incident as an act of God and pray for a better future. Mr. Tijani Abubakar, a staff of Veterinary Services Department, Nasarawa State Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, also confirmed the incident and described it as “a natural phenomenon.’’
Abubakar, who said that he was delegated to assess the incident, sympathized with the herdsman and assured that he would take his report to the appropriate quarters.
Just a few days ago, the arraignment of cows in Ekiti state, as ordered by Governor Ayo Fayose rocked the media. The governor, who has warned earlier against illegal cow grazing in the state, was on his way to Ikole Ekiti, when he came across herdsmen along Afao Ekiti road, grazing on someone’s farmland.
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The governor stopped and personally sentenced the cows to an immediate “arrest” by youths who chased it after the herdsmen ran into the bush upon seeing the governor’s security men.