- Atiku Abubakar will divide Nigeria if elected as president in 2019, according to the national coordinator of the Miyetti Allah association
- Gololo expressed disappointment in Atiku, over a statement made by his spokesman, and stressed that Fulani herdsmen are not killers
- The Miyetti Allah boss said the crisis between farmers and herdsmen is a common thing everywhere across the world and is not peculiar to Nigeria
The national coordinator of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Benue state, Alhaji Garus Gololo, says that if elected, Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), would create division in the country.
Gololo made the comment on Thursday, December 20, in response to a statement by Atiku's spokesperson, Phrank Shuaibu, that there would be more killings of farmers by suspected Fulani herdsmen if President Muhammadu Buhari is re-elected in 2019, Punch reports.
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Legit.ng gathers that Gololo pointed out that it was not only Fulani herdsmen that had issues with farmers in Nigeria and it was wrong for Atiku's spokesman to have made such an inciting statement.
He said: “We Fulani herdsmen are not killers and before Buhari came to power, there were crisis between farmers and herders in Benue, Tarawa, Nasarawa, Adamawa and some other states.
“I am disappointed in Atiku because he had already divided Nigeria even when he has not come to power. Buhari has nothing to do with herdsmen, he is a Nigerian and it is the people of Nigeria that voted him into power and l believe they will still vote him again in 2019.
“Nigerians should ask Atiku about the N68.8bn proceeds from NEPA which he sold when he superintended over the privatisation process of the then NEPA.
“People should talk about the power plants or the money he raised from the sale of that public asset. As far as I am concerned, Atiku is not a credible candidate to contest the coming presidential election in Nigeria because he is so sentimental and if they vote him in as president, he would divide Nigeria the more."
He said Fulanis are not killers, neither are they criminals nor kidnappers and President Buhari has nothing to do with herdsmen. He said Nigerians who voted for Buhari in 2015 will still vote for him in 2019.
Gololo aadded that the crisis between farmers and herdsmen is a common thing everywhere across the world it is not peculiar to Nigeria.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Miyetti Allah association said that it had not endorsed any presidential candidate for the 2019 election.
The two leading candidates, incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and main opposition Atiku Abubakar, are ethnic Fulani, but the group said no candidate had unveiled a favourable plan for its members.
It called on the federal and state governments to secure grazing reserves across the country, to curb the farmers/herders crisis.
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