Fulani leaders under the auspices of the Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (FDAN) have disclosed plans to meet with presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Speaking at the inauguration of their newly elected executives on Saturday in Abuja, the group said they would meet with Atiku and Tinubu on issues surrounding the 2023 elections. The Fulani group stated that they would decide on who to support in the 2023 general election after meeting with the two contestants. According to the National President of the group, Muhammad Bello, they believe in supporting anyone willing to deliver on their needs, be it Fulani, Igbo Yoruba, Kanuri or Hausa. He said: ‘‘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.” He stated further that the problems of Fulanis started a few years ago when they were living happily with others, adding however that due to interests from different quarters, the peaceful living degenerated into bad shape. Bello said that lack of education on the part of the Fulanis resulted in some security bogs in the country, saying that there was a need to enlighten the public on the negative profiling of Fulanis because some citizens disguise themselves as Fulanis to commit crimes. The Fulani group leader said, ‘‘All these problems started a few years ago, but we were together for donkey years, we have been living together happily, it is only these days some interests came in and because of the illiteracy of our people it was easier to penetrate them but when our people are educated all these things will come to pass.” He also further stated that not all Fulanis are culpable but alleged that a Plateau man was caught committing a crime while in a disguised accent defrauding the public. ‘‘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,” he said.
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