A group of Fulani herdsmen and ‘Almajiri’ has purchased the All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest forms for former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The group purchased the form on Monday night to beat the party’s deadline, the group’s spokesman, Ibrahim Abdullahi, noted.
He stated that they decided to pick the forms for the former president, not minding if he accepts them or not.
When asked if Jonathan is a member of the APC, Abdullahi was affirmative, he said; “yes, he is”.
He stressed that Jonathan should be encouraged to return and continue the good works he started for the Fulanis
Addressing journalists, Abdullahi said, “I represent two of the most vulnerable communities in our country. The nomadic pastoralist and the Almajiri communities have decided to purchase these forms for our former president, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to come back and rule this country and continue with the good work he has started.
“You may recall that during Goodluck Jonathan’s era, he was the first president since the independence of Nigeria who had found it expedient, who was magnanimous enough some of us remember the Almajiri community, he brought a comprehensive policy of reformation and integration of the Almajiri into the mainstream educational system in Nigeria.
“It was the dream and the vision of President Goodluck Jonathan that if that programme had continued, it would one day produce from the Almajiri system of education; Doctors, engineers etc. Unfortunately, that programme was kept aside as soon as he left. Other parts of the community ( the vulnerable community) that Goodluck Jonathan wanted to give a sense of belonging was the Fulani community, the nomadic pastoralist.
“He set aside N60 billion in the coffers of the Central Bank of Nigeria, which was to be used to develop livestock in Nigeria. I believe if the government had continued with that programme, today, we would have been the Denmark, the Sweden, the Holland of the entire Africa in terms of livestock, in terms of beef and so on. Looking at this situation and, of course, the problems Nigeria today is facing, we believe that only a leader with that kind of patriotism, a leader with that kind of fairness who is ready to give every Nigerian sense of belonging, can be able to rule this country. That leader is Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“As you may have heard, many interest groups have been coming out to urge him to contest, but we felt that because of the deadline that was given, whether he agrees or not, we need to purchase this form.
“Goodluck Jonathan is for all of Nigeria. As Nigerians, we believe he has the interest of this country at heart, and he will accept us. We are almost late to buy these forms, and we have been trying with the Almajiri and the Fulani’s selling our cows. We were able to raise this money just yesterday, and we decided to come and purchase these forms. Let Nigerians support this project. If you are talking about Goodluck Jonathan, I don’t think there is any aspirant so far that we have seen that can be compared with Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Unless if Nigerians are not serious, unless if we don’t want to integrate and unite in this country unless you want to continue playing the politics of religion, tribalism. I am a Fulani man, coming from the far north, but there is no Nigerian today that I can cast my vote or campaign for except Jonathan. For me, Jonathan is the best among all the aspirants, irrespective of where he comes from and his religion.
“Goodluck Jonathan is the best president for Nigeria, and I hope with this purchase of forms today, I call on all the aspirants if they are patriotic, if they want Nigeria’s unity, if they want a sense of belonging, if they want a president for all if they want a president that has come out to say his ambition does not worth the blood of any Nigerian no matter how lowly or highly placed such Nigerian is and he lived to that word when the chips were down, I think it is time for Nigerians to tell that man to come back and lead us”, he added.