Herdsmen Turns Abuja Stadium Into A Grazing Ground

Herdsmen Turns Abuja Stadium Into A Grazing Ground

Fulani herdsmen have  converted  the National Stadium, Abuja,  into a fertile land for cattle pasture  as weeds overtake the package B section of  the $360m  facility.

Fresh and dried cow dung could be seen on the asphalt within the complex showing that the animals regularly graze on the grasses  at the stadium.

The security officials manning the  gate blamed the sports ministry  for the deterioration in the condition of the stadium – and for giving the herdsmen unhindered access to the stadium, which hosted the 2003 All Africa Games won by Nigeria.

One of  the security men,  who spoke on condition of anonymity,  said some of the ministry officials are happy that  herdsmen have converted  the  busy stadium into a grazing field.

The source said,

“The herdsmen come into the stadium with their cattle almost every day. They come through the collapsed portion of the fence and we can’t stop them because we are not armed.

“The management are  aware of the situation, but  they  have  refused to do anything about it, meaning  they are  comfortable with it.”

Another guard described the presence of the herdsmen and their cattle at the stadium  as “an embarrassment”, but noted that the security unit was helpless to stop them.

He said,

“We can’t stop them because  we are not armed,  and they (sports ministry) have refused to engage policemen to beef up the security around  the stadium.

“Look at weeds everywhere on the premises and they have refused to engage someone to clear the weeds.  Maybe the government is  trying to save money by allowing the animals to graze on weeds.”

Meanwhile, the velodrome (an arena for  cycling) at  the stadium complex has been under lock and key  since 2015, after thousands of gas stoves bought ahead of the general elections that year were stored in it by the  Goodluck Jonathan administration.

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