Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Socio-cultural Association, an umbrella body of the Fulanis, has debunked suggestion that President Muhammdu Buhari is its life patron.
Miyetti’s National President, Bello Abdullahi Badejo, may have laid the speculation to rest in an interview with The Sun where he claimed ex-President Goodluck Jonathan is the group’s life president and not Buhari.
“The truth is that so many people do not know what they are saying. We have our patron. Buhari is a Fulani man but is not the patron of the Fulani socio-cultural association even though I can say that he is more than that.
“So many have been saying Buhari is this and that to the Miyetti Allah but it is not true. Our life patron is former President Goodluck Jonathan. So, if somebody is saying that Buhari is our life patron, he is wrong.
“Why we chose Jonathan as our life patron is to avoid the issue of religion. We want to carry everybody along. Our association wants people who can unite this country. We are looking for who can come and help us. If you are Fulani and you cannot help us, we do not care about you,” Badejo told the paper.
The Fulani socio-cultural group, according to the head, was undecided about the presidential candidate to mobilise support for between the incumbent and former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, both of Fulani stock saying, “We are careful in making our choice between Buhari and Atiku. I accept that both of them are Fulani sons. We believe that both of them can lead the country.
“Our only concern is that if you follow the history of democracy in Nigeria, no leader has shown interest on the issue of herders. After winning election, none of them has been able to say what do I do for these Fulani who have been supplying 99 per cent of the nation’s meat.”