The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has raised an alarm that there are orchestrated moves to tarnish the image of Fulanis in the country.
The group has also denied any link with a viral audio purportedly attributed to one Ardo Bulama, which threatened the lives of some people in the country particularly in Southern kaduna.
The Fulani organisation which said the name which was ascribed to the accused was not synonymous with any of it members, alleged that it was imputed by enemies of the Fulani race to tarnish its reputation in the country.
MACBAN said its reaction on Friday, to the development came following a petition by a group under the aegis of National Christian Elders Forum to the Inspector General of Police calling the attention of the Nigerian Police to arrest and prosecute the accused who they referred to as ‘Fulani’ for treasonable felony.
While disassociating itself and Fulani’s in general from the purported audio, MACBAN drew the attention of the petitioners “to know that no Fulani man bears the name ‘Bulama.”
“In that regard, we consider such claims and thinking that the name Bulama could be related or connected to Fulani as a wrong impression and it bellies the ignorance of the petitioners on the culture of the Fulani pastoralist in Nigeria,” the organisation said in a statement by Ibrahim Bayero Zango, its Director Media and Publicity, Kaduna State.
While saying it was not unaware of efforts by some undesirable elements who have been making frantic efforts to classify the entire Fulanis as terrorists, the organisation regretted that, “Some of these persons are hell bent on blackmailing the Fulani’s in Nigeria for their vested interests.