- Walid Jibrin criticises Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) for endorsing candidates ahead of 2019
- Jibrin says the MACBAN owes the Sultan of Sokoto, the traditional rulers of Kano, Katsina and Adamawa apologies for dabbling into partisan politics
- The Fulani leader argues that the MACBAN does not have any right to endorse candidates without the consent of its BoT
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) owe northern traditional rulers including the Sultan of Sokoto, emirs of Kano and Katsina apologies for endorsing presidential candidates without the permission of its board, Walid Jibrin has said.
Alhaji Jibrin, chairman of the concerned Fulani leaders, reportedly spoke at a press conference in Kaduna, saying the MACBAN cannot dabble into partisan politics without seeking the consent of the members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and patrons of the association.
“Such decision taken recently by the association without the knowledge of the BOT and patrons and majority of registered members is anarchy and disrespect and amounts to dragging our paramount ruler into politics,” Jibrin, who is also the Sarkin Fulan in Dangi Nasarawa, said.
According to him, apart from the Sutlan and the emirs of Kano and Katsina, the MACBAN also owed the traditional rulers of Zazzau and Adamawa apologies for allegedly being ignorant of the rules guiding the association.
“I want Nigerians to know that we have over 25 Fulani associations in Nigeria that are fully registered and over 500 categories of Fulani race living in Nigeria with even some who are unable to speak Fulfulde due to the general global changes like the current global climate change affecting the world.
“I, therefore, call on the Fulani never to be deceived again by anybody no matter how highly placed. Fulani must talk with one voice among our over 6,000 voters in Nigeria. I call on Miyetti Allah not to further add fuel to the fire,” he said.
He argued that the associations should rather be fighting for the Fulani who have no land for rearing, no water ponds, no functional nomadic schools, and no cattle path.
Legit.ng earlier reported how President Muhammadu Buhari was endorsed for the 2019 presidential election by the MACBAN.
The group's national president, Muhammadu Kirowa, made the announcement at its 2018 annual general meeting.
This happened after the association previously said it had not yet decided who to support between Buhari and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Both men are Fulani even though Atiku is from Adamawa and Buhari is from Katsina.
However, the Middle Belt Forum recently condemned the endorsement of Buhari’s re-election bid by MACBAN.
In a statement released by its national president, Dr. Bitrus Pogu, on Sunday, January 13, the forum described the endorsement as a form of support for the reign of terror going on in the Middle Belt region.
It was learnt that the forum said the federal government's failure to hold MACBAN responsible for the killings in the region was proof that the Buhari government and Miyetti Allah members were partnering to foist a reign of terror on the people.
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