Fulani cattle breeders, under the aegis of The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) have dissociated the association from a reported endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan saying that at no point did the association ever endorse anyone for the presidential election.
The MACBAN’s National Youth Leader, Adamu Mohammed, today in Kaduna after an emergency meeting of the group, declared the endorsement by a certain group by the name Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore of the PDP presidential candidate as null and void.
“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 organized group, whose aim and objectives are to protect the interest of Fulani all over the country and beyond.
“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.”