By Idris Ahmed
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN), Kogi state chapter, on Saturday, declared support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Usman Ahmed Ododo, ahead of the November 11 election in the state.
The State Executives Committee of MACBAN, supported by the national leaders and hundreds of Fulanis, from the 21 LGAs of Kogi State, visited the Government House on Saturday to pledge their support for the Bello-led administration and the APC’s flag bearer.
The Chairman of MACBAN, Kogi State chapter, Umar Yusuf Damina, commended Governor Bello for his numerous achievements within the state and beyond.
He explained that the decision of MACBAN to support the APC was a testament to the Governor’s unwavering commitment to the well-being of members and his extensive efforts in providing security for all citizens and residents of Kogi State.
The MACBAN chairman expressed the belief that the APC candidate, Ododo, would continue to build upon the solid foundation laid by the Governor.
While receiving the MACBAN members, Governor Yahaya Bello, welcomed their endorsement of APC and Ododo for the upcoming November 11 elections.
The Governor, who was deeply moved by the display of unity by the Fulani group, affirmed his administration’s stance against any form of discrimination against the Fulanis in Kogi State, particularly those engaged in lawful businesses both within Kogi and across the country.
He lauded MACBAN for its valuable contributions in sharing information and gathering intelligence, which had aided conventional security forces in identifying and eliminating criminal elements among the Fulani community in the state.
Governor Bello expressed his conviction that the Fulanis, known for their commitment to their words, would undoubtedly throw their support behind the APC during the November 11 polls.
He emphasised the government’s resolute stance against the promotion of ethnicity and tribalism in the state.
He therefore assured the law-abiding Fulanis residing in the state to remain vigilant and help identify criminal elements among them, as part of their contributions to the overall peace and safety of all residents.