The Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria has distanced itself from what it described as “dangerously selfish and unilateral endorsement” of President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 general elections.
Reacting to the purported endorsement of the president in 2019 by some pastoralists, the national secretary-general of the association, Ibrahim Abdullahi, in a statement yesterday in Kaduna, said such endorsement, if unchallenged, could pitch “the innocent, maligned and neglected pastoralists against other Nigerians.”
He stated: “The association held an emergency meeting to discuss wide-ranging issues affecting pastoralists across the nation with a view to proffering solution and way forward.
“The meeting observed that of recent, some pastoralists associations have enmeshed themselves and their members into partial politics, a position that could further escalate their already degenerating relationships with other segments of the society.
“The meeting, therefore, condemns these pronouncements made without any consultation and or consensus by the generality of the pastoralists across the country and call on pastoralists to vote for any candidate who has a programme that will alleviate their suffering irrespective of party, tribe or religion.”