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Miyetti Allah yet to endorse any presidential candidate – National President

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The Miyetti Allah group leader said, “…Whichever candidate we endorse will win the election, because we have about 16 million registered voters from the pastoralists community in Nigeria.”

By Jeffrey Agbo

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Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) on Friday said it is yet to endorse any presidential candidate as none has shown interest in pastoralists.

“First of all, I will have to make clarification because there are two Miyetti Allah groups. We have the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), which is the one I represent as the National President,” National President of MACBAN, Baba Usman-Ngelzarma, told NAN in Abuja.

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“As far as my association, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria is concerned, we have not endorsed any presidential candidate.

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“We are still waiting for all the presidential candidates to answer our questions on the seven-point demands we raised and presented copies of a letter containing our demands to them.

“Until now, we have not received any consent from any of the presidential candidates. So, until when we receive one before we begin to analyse and consider within the shortest time we have and decide whether we can endorse or not.”

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Usman-Ngelzarma said that all the major political parties have not included the challenges facing the Nigerian pastoralists in their manifestos.

“I personally presented our demands to the presidential candidates of the three major political parties, it is only the Labour Party that I didn’t personally submit but I have met with some representatives of the party and submitted the letter to them.

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“So, before we decide on which presidential candidate to support, we have to sit together, analyse and discuss with the congress because that is our difference with the other pastoralists association.

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“We are going to show our numerical strength in this year’s elections. Whoever we agree to vote for will get a bloc vote.

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“And whichever candidate we endorse will win the election, because we have about 16 million registered voters from the pastoralists community in Nigeria,” Usman-Ngelzarma.

He said that he went through the manifestos and blueprint and didn’t see anything that has to do with livestock.

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Usman-Ngelzarma said: “And whenever you talk of livestock in Nigeria, you are directly or indirectly talking about the Nigerian pastoralists or talking about the Fulani because they are the 98 per cent owners of the cows, goats and sheep in the country.

“Therefore, they are the sole suppliers of protein in the county and in fact, I think the Fulani are the largest single tribe that has the largest population in this country.

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“So, we are definitely a force to reckon with and we are also controlling a multi-trillion naira investment because the South Western of Nigeria alone consumes 6,000 cows on a daily basis, talk less of the South East and the remaining part of the country.

“Unless we see how each of the political parties include our demands into their manifestos, we cannot make any move for now because, in MACBAN, we have different political interests.”

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The MACBAN national president said that some of the group’s members are registered members of APC, PDP, LP, NNPP, PRP and other political parties.

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