Leaders of the Fulani ethnic group are planning to meet with Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, to address matters related to the 2023 elections.
This was declared by the leaders operating under the Fulani Development Association of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja, during the installation of their newly elected executives.
They claimed that the meeting with the two candidates would serve as a pointer for who they would support in the general 2023 Elections.
Muhammad Bello, the national president of FULDAN and the leader of the Fulanis, declared that they were ready to talk to the PDP and APC presidential candidates and that they would back any candidate who could meet their demands, whether they were Fulani, Igbo Yoruba, Kanuri, or Hausa.
“You can see me with Atiku Abubakar, discussing next you can see me with Bola Tinubu. If anybody is ready to give all the necessary support that we need, we will support him.” Bello claimed that a few years ago when the Fulanis were living contentedly with others, their issues began. He added, however, that because of competing interests, the peaceful coexistence had deteriorated into a horrible situation.
He emphasized that the lack of education among the Fulanis contributed to some security issues in the nation and that the people needed to be made aware of the negative stereotypes about Fulanis since some persons pose as Fulanis to commit crimes.
“All these issues began a few years ago, but we have been living together happily for donkey years. It was only recently that some interests entered, and because of our people’s illiteracy, it was easier to get through to them. However, when our people are educated, all these issues will be resolved.”
He added that not all Fulanis are guilty, but claimed that a Plateau guy was captured committing a crime and scamming the people while using a disguised accent.
“We have seen an event where a man I think is from Plateau State can change his accent but differently from Fulani, he cheats. It is not only Fulanis that are doing all these things, but there are also those that camouflage.”
Ahmad Bello, the chairman of the FULDAN Board of Trustees, expressed hope that legislation establishing the Ministry of Livestock and Animal Husbandry would be passed by the National Assembly and urged the federal government to move swiftly to address all of the problems facing the Fulani people and other citizens.
“We will liaise with the National Assembly to create the Ministry of Livestock and Animal Husbandry; if the government can do that then it will be easier to take over this country to tackle all these borders because we are being carried along, we will ensure that is created we will liaise with the National Assembly to make laws in that respect”