Fulani cattle breeders under the aegis of Miyyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, on Sunday disassociated itself from what it called “a purported endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan”.
The National Youth Leader of the group, Adamu Mohammed, reacted to the recent endorsement of President Jonathan by a group called Miyyetti Allah Kautal Hore led by Abdullahi Bodejo.
In a press release issued after an emergency meeting of the cattle breeders association in Kaduna, Mr. Mohammed said the group that endorsed the president was different from theirs.
Mohammed said, “After an emergency meeting of the Association in Kaduna at the weekend(Sunday), members of the association resolved to put it on record that an announcement by a certain group, who goes about with the name Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, endorsing politicians, that it is different from our organisation, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.
“The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, led by one Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, is a cultural organisation, which exists in only one state of the federation and therefore cannot speak on our behalf on any national issues because it is not representing all Fulani in the country.
“Therefore, we want to dissociate the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria from the statement credited to the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore that it has endorsed certain political candidates for the forthcoming elections”.
According to the youth leader, the MACBAN couldn’t have been part of any endorsement since it is not a political association but “an organised group, whose aim and objectives are to protect the interest of Fulani all over the country and beyond”.
He added, “We want to put it on record that MACBAN is an association that has leadership, who are highly respected such as the His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who is the Grand Patron; Emir of Kano, Emir of Zazzau, Lamido of Adamawa and Emir of Katsina as Board of Trustees members”.
The group, however, urged all its members to vote on Election Day in an orderly manner.