Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural association, yesterday endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as their “sole candidate” for March 28 presidential elections.
This is even as the president has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to finding a permanent solution to the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the country.
The Fulani socio-cultural association, which was at the presidential villa to endorse the president, also invested him as a life patron of the association.
The group’s national president, Alhaji Abdullah Bodejo, who spoke through an interpreter, said: “We will go back and mobilize our people to support you because you have the interest of Fulanis at heart”.
Speaking after his investiture and endorsement, President Jonathan thanked the association for the honour and commended the Fulanis for their significant contributions to the development of the country.
The president, whose remarks was intermittently interrupted with shouts of “Nigeria, Sai Jonathan’’, “Nigeria, Sai Goodluck,” described Fulani pastoralists as a major economic group in Nigeria, even as he applauded their substantial contributions to food security in the country.
Promising to end herdsmen, farmers’ feud, he said: “Our government will work with you to develop places where herdsmen can stay and get water and pasture for their animals.
“We are working with some governors and we have a committee that is looking into the matter to ensure that you no longer pass through much pain to rear your cattle.”
Jonathan added that as part of its agenda for positive transformation in the agricultural sector, his administration was working towards developing cattle rearing in Nigeria to a level where the nation could earn higher revenues from meat exports.
“Our plan is to move more of the meat than the animal,’’ he said, explaining that the new initiative would also encourage basic education for young nomads.