Miyetti Allah, the biggest herdsmen group in the country, has said it will announce its choice of presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections later this week.
Saleh Alhassan, the group’s secretary-General, made this known in an interview with The Punch.
According to him, Miyetti Allah will make the announcement at a press conference scheduled to hold in Abuja.
“We will make an announcement this week. We will hold a press conference in Abuja,” Alhassan said.
The major candidates for the presidential election are the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Both candidates are from Northern Nigeria and are Fulani, the tribe which dominates the cattle rearing business. They are also both into the business, with President Buhari conferred with the title of Grand Patron of Miyetti Allah.
Miyetti Allah has been dominant in Northern Nigeria for years but became known at the national stage after it was accused of fuelling the farmer-herders in the North-Central states of Plateau and Benue and other parts of the country crisis under the current administration.
Many Nigerians had at the height of the crisis accused President Buhari of not taking decisive action on the group because he is their Grand Patron.