Zakaa Lazarus Abuja.
A group under the auspices of Nomadic Pastoralists and the Almajiri of Nigeria on Monday picked the expression of interest and nomination form for Former President Goodluck Jonathan on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The leader of the group Ibrahim Abdullahi said: “we have purchased this form for our former president, Dr. Goodluck Ebelle Jonathan, to come back and rule this country and continue with good work he has started.
Abdullahi stressed that, the former president brought a comprehensive policy of reformation and integration of Almajiri into the mainstream educational system in Nigeria.
“It was the dream and the vision of President Goodluck Jonathan, that if that programme has continued will would one day, produce from the almajiri system of education, doctors, engineers, unlike what obtains today.
“Unfortunately, that programme was kept aside as soon as he left, the other part of the community the vulnerable community that Goodluck Jonathan wanted to really, you know, give a sense of belonging was the Fulani community and nomadic pastoralists
When asked if Goodluck have agreed to run for presidency Abdullahi said: “As you may have heard a lot of you know interest groups have been coming out to urge him to come and 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 not for good luck, Jonathan. Goodluck Jonathan is for all Nigeria’s.
“We are ready not only to purchase this phone for President Goodluck Jonathan, but I want to assure you that our communities, the nomadic pastoralists has the voting power of about 9 million votes plus the advisory who also can produce about 5 million, about 14 million, all we are asking other Nigerians is to give give us at least 2 million and we are home and right.
“Recall that he set aside 60 billion naira in the cofers of the Central Bank of Nigeria, which was to be used to develop livestock in Nigeria. I believe that if government has continued with that programme, today, we will have been Denmark, the Sweden, the whole of the entire Africa we could have been what Denmark sees in Europe, in terms of livestock production, in terms of milk, in terms of beef, and so on.
We call Nigerians to support these projects, if you are talking about Goodluck Jonathan, I don’t think there is any aspirants so far that we have seen that can be compared in any way with Goodluck Jonathan, or less if Nigerians are not serious or less if we don’t want to reintegrate and unite in this country, unless if you want to continue playing the politics of religion playing the politics of tribalism, you can see I’m a Fulani man coming from the Far North.
He further called on other aspirants to withdraw and support the former President.