The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani have slammed the Presidential candidate for the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, saying that his claim to Fulani heritage is in doubt.
The group said this in reaction to claims by Athe former Vice President that President Buhari cannot call himself a Fulani man and that he is nothing but a poser.
“A real Fulani man would not drag his followers into extreme poverty like what is happening under the All Progressives Congress administration.” the PDP flagbearer had said.
However, the National Secretary, Miyetti Allah, Mr Saleh Alhassan, said that the body stands by Buhari’s ‘Fulani-ness’
“The truth of the matter is that, in several places in Adamawa State, they speak Fulfulde. The fact that Atiku speaks Fulfulde doesn’t make him a Fulani man.
“If you look at Atiku physically, he doesn’t carry the biological features of a Fulani man. You look at Atiku and you see the Bantu tribe. He doesn’t belong to the Sudanic tribe.
“Also, we don’t know Atiku’s uncle and all Fulani know their uncles. Have you ever seen his uncle? His claim to Fulani background is shrouded in uncertainty because nobody knows his uncles. Buhari’s ‘Fulani-ness’ is not in doubt. His father was an Ardo, a Fulani leader. So, I think it is not an issue.”
Alhassan added that the Miyetti Allah and Fulanis in general reject the Presidential hopeful because he, “doesn’t share in our pains and problems,”
He added: “Is Atiku not responsible for the crisis on the Mambilla Plateau? They went there, took over the land from the indigenous people and created mega-farms and ranches, plunging them (Fulani) into poverty.
“If there is anybody that has created poverty, it is Atiku and the PDP. Over the 16 years they ruled this country, they virtually raped the country in a very shameful manner. It will be a disaster for Nigeria for Atiku to become president and I know God will not allow it because he doesn’t mean well for the poor people in this country.”