*tasks security agencies to invite, question its leadership
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANT) on Tuesday, accused the Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) of causing problems among traders in Oyo State and Southwest zone of Nigeria.
NANT in a statement in Ibadan, cautioned MATAN to desist from engaging in alleged activities capable of causing problems among traders in Oyo State and Southwest of Nigeria in general
The statement signed by NANT Southwest Secretary, Comrade Abiodun Adegoke, on behalf of the association’s National President, also described the activities engaged in by MATAN in Oyo State and Southwest of the federation ” as one that is against all common sense.
“We have received several petitions on the illegal and ignoble activities of an organization called Market Traders Association of Nigeria in Oyo State and Southwest by extension and also have tried to advise those behind the strange development to embrace peace and respect traders’ various associations constitutions, which our organisation has protecting and guiding over the years as a foremost traders association in Nigeria”, it said.
The association added, “we also discovered that MATAN has no moral grounds to nurse idea of installing Iyaloja-General in any of the Southwest states, considering the fact that the association hasn’t any member in the Southwest region, therefore, it is even an insult to think of imposing an allien on traders as Iyaloja-General of Southwest States”.
“According to information at our disposal, both MATAN and one Princess Folasade Nurudeen popularly called Abeo Osa were imported into Oyo State to foment trouble by some conspirators from associations that are really not traders associations but tied to traders associations for political reasons through marriage of inconvenience by the past administration in Oyo State.
The association maintained, ” we have also gathered that Folasade Nurudeen was never a member of any trade association nor has any visible shop nor engaging in any business in any market in Oyo State before the present leadership tussle started among traders in Oyo State about three (3) years ago”.
It stressed further, ” we challenge those backing illegality in Oyo State to bring all records of her activities before those who have names to protect or arbitrators or court of law.We also wish to let members of the public, business organizations, banks, multinationals firms,farmers and corporate organisations aware that each of our states in the Southwest region already has its Babaloja-General and Iyaloja-General functioning perfectly.”
” MATAN is unknown association to traders in Oyo State, therefore it has no moral and constitutional rights to install anybody as Iyaloja-General in Oyo State. We therefore call on security agencies to invite MATAN, Folasade Nurudeen and their supporters for questioning and stop them from causing unnecessary problems that can result to breakdown of laws and order in the state”.