Daily Trust (Abuja)

9 November 2010

Nigeria: 2011 - Nasarawa Fulani Leadership Insists on Right to Politics

Lafia — The leadership of Fulani community in Nasarawa State, yesterday, rejected opposition to its support for Governor Aliyu Akwe Doma's second term bid, saying members of the community have the right, as any other person to participate in politics, so long as they do not violate any known rules.

Sarkin Fulanin Nasarawa (leader of the Fulani), Senator Walid Jibrin, who spoke to newsmen alongside Abdullahi Badejo, the chairman, Board of Trustees of Miyetti Allah Fulani Group, said "we the Fulani community of Nasarawa State met as a people with same rights as any other person, to assess development in the state under the able leadership of Governor Aliyu Akwe Doma.

"The meeting which took place at Nasarawa-Eggon under my leadership as Sarkin Fulanin Nasarawa, not as leader of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, and unanimously agreed that Governor Doma has performed creditably, above average even in the face of paucity of funds. So, we resolved to endorse him as our governorship candidate for him to go for second term", he said.

He said therefore, that the "leadership is surprised that few days after the endorsement, a member of the Plateau State chapter of Miyetti Allah socio-cultural group, Sale Bayeri rose with opposition against our decision."

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