A Fulani group, Miyetti Allah Kaual Social-cultural Association, yesterday assured President Goodluck Jonathan that it would mobilize its members and ensures that he gets no less than 23 million votes at the oncoming 2015 Presidential election.
Briefing newsmen on the commitment of the group to Jonathan re-election, Miyetti Allah’s National President, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, disclosed they have begun preparations for the launch of Ruga to Ruga campaign to ensure that they succeed in delivering the votes for the President’s re-election.
According to him, the total population of Fulani pastoralists across the country is in excess of 27 million people, going by the last population census results in the country.
He said the group’s leadership had directed all its members resident all over the 36 states of the federation to register wherever they may live and vote en bloc for Jonathan.
“We have established the Ruga to Ruga for Jonathan to ensure that we take part in the polity and avoid the mistakes of the past where we lost our people to political violence. In Southern Kaduna alone, we lost 517 of our members,” he lamented.
Explaining why the organisation chose to back Jonathan’s reelection bid, Bodejo said “This endorsement is done after a careful analysis of the love and affection Mr. President have extended to the Fulani Pastoralist in Nigeria by entrusting his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the hands of a proud son (of a) Fulani Pastoralist, Alhaji (Dr.) Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu and the appointment of our patron, an accomplished academic and politician, as his Adviser on Political Matters and many other highly placed political appointees serving in his government- our interest is surely protected.”
He added that Jonathan, through his policies, has ensured that they were provided with an enabling environment for them to pursue their livelihoods.
The group also commended the government’s efforts at addressing insecurity problems, especially those directly affecting it members.
It called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to revisit the Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee on Farmers/Fulani herdsmen conflicts constituted by his predecessor with a view to implementing the far reaching resolutions recommended in various reports from states visited by the committee.
Asked what the association had done to seek redress for its members killed at the recent violence that broke out in Nasarawa state, Bodejo described the crisis as multifaceted and politically motivated.
He disclosed that his group was involved in the investigations carried out by the former IGP into the matter just as he urged the authorities to implement the resolutions contained in the reports.
He also cautioned the media to desist from profiling Fulani herdsmen as a violent group insisting that most crises leading to clashes between the people and farmers do not always originate from them.
Bodejo maintained that the herdsmen would be the last to support the breakup of the country because they are, by nature, itinerary nomads who cris-cross the country to graze their cattle.