By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
While denying the existence of one Ardo Bulama alleged to have produced a treasonable audio recording which went viral, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) insists that fabricators are out to paint their kinsmen as terrorists.
This was expressed in a statement signed by the Director Media & Publicity MACBAN, Kaduna State, Ibrahim Bayero Zango, made available to newsmen on Thursday.
‘Our Attention has been drawn to a petition by the National Christian Elders Forum to the inspector General of Police calling the attention of the Nigerian Police to arrest and prosecute one Ardo Bulama for treasonable felony.
“The petition was published by the Vanguard newspaper on the 15th August, 2020.
“We are hereby calling 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 is a wrong impression and it bellies the ignorance of the petitioners on the culture of the Fulani pastoralist in Nigeria,” the group said.
MACBAN categorically stated that even the purported Bulama’s claimed audio that went viral on social media was suspicious.
“It was just an attempt to blackmail the entire Fulani pastoralist in Nigeria to create a negative impression against our people. (Fulani Pastoralist).
“We are not unaware of efforts by some undesirable elements who having making fanatic efforts to classify all Fulani’s as terrorists.
“The National Christian Elders Forum is one of those groups who are hell bent on blackmailing the Fulani’s in Nigeria for their vested interests, for the NCEF to consider the said viral audio as a serious issue and giving it such a publicity, clearly indicates that the forum itself is suspicious considering the caliber of the signatories of the petition,” it pointed out..
The group in a twist, says that it suspects those crying wolf were behind the recording.
“We suspect that the NCEF, has a hand in the origin, production and circulation of the viral audio considering the manner with which the forum went about its petition.
“There are many similar audios that are going around including the Christians threatening Fulani’s in Nigeria.
“Why did the forum choose to react to only this one?” It queried.
It further stated that the producer of the audio in question is ignorant of the Fulani culture and values by naming the producer as Ardo Bulama.
“This shows that the audio was created by the enemies of the Fulani’s in order to paint us black in the eyes of other Nigerians and the International community in order to justify their hatred and false propaganda against the Fulani’s in Nigeria.
“Calling a Fulani man Bulama is just like calling a Yoruba man Chukuma or Okonkwo or calling an Igbo man Babatunde or Olajide,” it stressed.
They therefore, called on the authorities to dig deeper in investigating the origin of the said audio.
“We call on the Inspector General of Police to properly and thoroughly investigate the origin of the whole issue and bring fabricators of the audio to justice,” it prayed.
It further appealed to its brothers and helpers, the Fulani’s in Nigeria, to remain calm and law abiding as usual.