A Fulani skilled group, Coalition of Fulbe Professionals in Africa (COFPIA), has distanced itself from an announcement authored by one Alhaji Alhasan Salah, Nationwide Secretary of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, which claimed to be in opposition to the candidature of former Anambra State governor and the candidate of the Labour Social gathering, Mr Peter Obi, within the 2023 presidential election.
COFPIA enjoined Nigerians to ignore any assertion from Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore, saying the group didn’t communicate for Fulani ethnic group or signify the Fulani in any manner.
Alhasan, who’s the Nationwide Secretary of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, probably the most controversial Fulani group in Nigeria, had in an interview with a nationwide paper, stated the Fulani nation wouldn’t help the candidature of Obi.
Alhasan had described Mr Peter Obi not solely as a tribal bigot but in addition as somebody who hates the North and by extension the Fulani tribe.
Nevertheless, in an announcement made accessible to Blueprint in Abuja, Monday, signed by Prof. Mohammed Gidado, its Nationwide President and Hajiya Mairo Modibo, Nationwide Secretary, respectively, COFPIA, whereas acknowledging Miyetti Allah’s proper to freedom of expression and opinion, reminded them that they don’t have the fitting to talk for your entire Fulani in Nigeria, particularly once they haven’t lived as much as expectations.
COFPIA stated Fulbe folks throughout Nigeria is not going to be binded by that politically sponsored assertion of Miyetti Allah.
The assertion reads: “Our consideration has been drawn to a sectional, unpatriotic, ungodly and mindless assertion credited to certainly one of our brothers, Alhaji Hassan Saleh, the Nationwide Secretary of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, probably the most controversial Fulani group in Nigeria, which little doubt is answerable for the unhealthy identify Fulani nation has been branded with in Nigeria.
“The Fulbe throughout Nigeria is not going to be binded by that politically sponsored assertion of Miyetti Allah anymore.
“The Fulani persons are sensible now and can’t be used as instruments of extortion and spiritual sentiment any extra. We are going to enlighten our folks to vote for competence and capability come 2023. We are going to by no means vote for any candidate who has nothing to supply. We’ve gone far past spiritual and ethnic sentiments.
“We are going to vote for a president that may deal with poverty and acute starvation which have held our folks hostage for thus lengthy. We are going to vote for a president that may battle insecurity with each dedication and unbiased thoughts, regardless of who’s in concerned.”
The group added: “Our revered tribal group, Miyette Allah, ought to channel their marketing campaign to redeem the unhealthy picture they’ve created for Fulani folks in Nigeria, relatively than casting aspersions on Peter Obi, who has demonstrated capability to rescue Nigeria from the present hopelessness.
“We want to additionally make it categorically clear that we’ve got not endorsed Peter Obi or any presidential candidate within the forth coming basic elections and we’re not Peter Obi’s mouthpiece, but it surely’s improper for our folks to proceed to model Peter Obi as a tribal bigot and that he doesn’t just like the North.
“Accessible knowledge has proven Peter Obi as an ardent nationalist that believes within the unity of Nigeria. We, due to this fact, name on our brothers within the Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore, to solely communicate for his or her group, relatively than deceptive Nigerians that they’re talking for your entire Fulani folks.
“They lack the ethical, religious, and spiritual rights to talk for your entire Fulani folks in Nigeria, particularly once they have diminished themselves to tribal bigots that haven’t any regards for different tribes and faiths.
“Nigerians have taken place within the forth coming election to vote for the very best man for the job and can’t be distracted by any egocentric agenda and blackmail.
“As campaigns begin, we will mobilize and enlighten Fulani younger and outdated to each ruga and city to sensitize our folks in order to not be deceived by Miyetti Allah, Kauta Hore and its like.”