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2015: Fulani Pastoralists Mobilise 23m Members for Jonathan

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Ahead of the 2015 presidential election, Fulani cattle breeders in Nigeria operating under the auspices of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Socio-Cultural Association on Monday promised to mobilise their 23 million members to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

They made the declaration at a world press conference held at NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja.

The National Secretary of the association, Saleh Alhassan Kubah, who read the text on behalf of the National President, Alhaji Abdullahi Bodejo, said their association was rooting for President Jonathan because he had shown special interest in the welfare of pastoralists in the country since he assumed office.

According to him, apart from favourable agricultural policies under his transformation agenda, particularly in animal husbandry, President Jonathan also appointed Fulani pastoralists into key positions in his government.

“We are reaffirming our earlier endorsement of the president which we made during our visit and investiture of our association’s patron, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, who is the Political Adviser to the president.

“This endorsement is done after a careful analysis of the love and affection the president has extended to the Fulani pastoralists in Nigeria by entrusting his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the hands of a proud Fulani pastoralist, Alhaji Ahmadu Mu’azu, and the appointment of our patron, an accomplished academic and politician as his adviser on political matters and many other highly placed Fulani political appointees serving in his government,”

While reiterating that the interest of Fulani pastoralist is well “protected” by the Jonathan’s administration, they emphasised that they want the president to continue in office beyond 2015 to enable him complete his policies in the agriculture sector.

The group said: “Our association is of the strong belief that the agricultural policies under the president transformation agenda particularly in the animal husbandry which is the main economic engagement of our members, if fully implemented by ensuring his re-election in 2015, will address most of the challenges faced by the Fulani pastoralists.

“Some of these laudable policies include the growers’ enhancement scheme, agricultural value chain addition in animal husbandry, the proposed Pastoralist Development Bank, the grazing Reserves Commission Bill that has passed second reading in the Senate; the proposed Fulani pastoralist resettlement scheme and the re-invigorated Nomadic education programme.

“The president has made a firm commitment to ensure that the Fulani pastoralists are provided with the conducive environment to pursue their livelihoods, and we believe him.”
They further declared that they are embarking on a massive mobilisation of their 23 million members to ensure that President Jonathan is re-elected in 2015, “and soon, we will launch our Ruga-to-Ruga (Settlement-to-Settlement) campaign for the re-election of the president.”

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

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