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Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria sometimes called MACBAN is a loose partisan advocacy group centered on promoting the welfare of Fulani pastoralists in Nigeria.
Ahead of the 2019 presidential election,Miyetti Allah group in the northeast region has reportedly dissociated itself from the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari by the national body.
This was disclosed in Yola on Sunday, February 3 by Mafindi Umaru Danburam, leader of the group who recently resigned his position as the northeast chairman of the group following the national body’s endorsement of Buhari.
Consequently, the group endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), candidature of
Atiku Abubakar , Sahara Reporter.
Check the following reasons the group endorsed Atiku when election is just 12 days to go.
“If someone prides himself as a Fulani herder, Atiku is more, because he owns more than 1,000 heads of cattle, compared to 150.”
Mohammed Ango, a chieftain of the group, who also spoke at the event said the Fulani people have lost their dignity in the admistarion of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Fulani people have lost more dignity under the Buhari administration than any other in history.
“Today, our people are branded as killers, branded as kidnappers or robbers, just because some people are misrepresenting us.
Before now, the relationship between herders and farmers was not this bad; we can all attest to this. Our people, for instance, could pass the night in the house of say, a Bachama man in Numan, but now all that has been eroded.”
Also speaking at the event was Ahmed Umar Fintiri, Adamawa governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who received the group on behalf of Atiku.
He thanked the group for clearing the air ad stressed that only the PDP government, led by Atiku, can reunite Nigeria.