Maku apologises to Fulani nomads

Former Information minister, Labaran Maku

Maku compared PDP defectors to the Fulanis

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Friday in Abuja apologised to Fulani cattle breeders over his comment which likened the defection of politicians from the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressive Congress, APC, to Fulani nomads.

Mr. Maku, who also doubles as the supervising Minister of Defence, had on Wednesday asked journalists to monitor the movement of politicians from one party to the other.

“I want to urge journalists to begin to monitor these movements more so as some of them have been moving for years now, they have not stopped. They are like the Fulani nomads. They move from one party to another without shame. It shouldn’t be something that we should cherish,” Mr. Maku had said.

The nomads, usually of Fulani ethnicity, are cattle breeders who regularly migrate from one place to the other in search for food and shelter for their cattle.

According to a statement by Mr. Maku’s Chief Press Secretary, Joe Mutuah, the minister’s statement was interpreted out of context.

“The Minister wishes to make it clear that the word nomadic was used as a normative term to describe the incessant movement of some of our politicians from one party to another but not to denigrate the Fulani nomads,” Mr. Mutah said

He stated that the minister did not mean to disrespect Fulani nomads, adding that Mr. Maku shared a good relationship with them.

“Mr. Maku has no intention whatsoever to disrespect Fulani nomads with whom he has shared intimacy and excellent relationships since childhood,” he said

Mr. Mutah noted that the minister, however, regretted any pain his statement might have caused.


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  • Papamayor

    You goofed Mr. Minister. Talk less and avoid trouble.

    • ABB

      I concur. He talks like a parrot.

      • h madaki

        ABB shut up you know who is taking like a parrot.

    • jezie

      you are wrong papamayor. maku is doing his work and doing it very well. these confused, unpatriotic politicians deserve tongue lashing to regain their senses, which has been lost as a result of partisanship. can imagine the action of two former head of state reneging on their duty of sitting in the national council of state meeting while still collecting their entitlements as former heads of state. for refusing to attend the meeting because they nave joined the so called opposition, they should also reject their pays as former leaders. and for refusing to sit in the council and advise President Goodluck but rather chose to pull him down, they have condescended from their exalted position of statesmen to that of street men. same goes for the house of reps members who are exhibiting their immaturity and lack of patriotism by holding the whole nation to ransom over the budget. it is high time these self-centered politicians learn to put national interest above their parochial interest.

      • emeka kenyo

        mr.jezie you are wrong why?because maku is a minister of nigeria and not that of a political party called pdp. maku should shut his mouth and stop insulting people simply becos they left pdp for another party. as a matter of fact in a normal society this mumu called maku will be fired from his job.

  • yusuf

    Mr maku there is no phrase in english that can qualify or change what you said, a total Apology is what you should do not wargging your parotic mouth, Since the advent of democracy in 1999 maku remain the foolish minister of all time because he’s going beyond his duty. Going by the history of the fulanis a nasarawanian is a slave to the fulani! You stupid opportunist.

  • mikel

    Yes Maku shares real intimate relationships with the Fulani normads, indeed, like Fani-Kayode shared with Igbo ladies……

    • h madaki

      Mikel you are quite right maku shares real intimate relationships with Fulani,because today with maku as the acting defense minister,Fulani’s are the most protected tribe in nigeria,as killing and stealing of our cows has now reached an alarming level.

  • Olayemi Gbenga

    who knows tomorrow? he also may defect..(no one is perfect)

    • Omo Odua

      He is a defector already. Go and look at his comments during his days as NANS President. Now hw abondoned that causes!

    • h madaki

      Hahaha Gbenga,if maku defect to APC,I will with all my cows and even maku’s pigs will also defect to south Sudan.

  • shadow

    Maku or whatever your name is,u need to brush ur teeth b4 u talk,u just open ur dirty,smelly mouth n say rubbish,u don’t think b4 u talk,u must be really stupid 4 an information minister,well only in nigeria,keep ur smelly mouth shut.

    • h madaki

      No shadow,let maku continued to talk so that the whole world will come to see what this fed govt is made of.maku thank you,for being the general of the Fulani’s.

  • AAA

    Mr. Maku you are not fit to Nigeria’s information minister. You talk without being cautious

    • h madaki

      AAA,Maku is not the only one not fit to be minister or any other positions in this govt,just pray for nigeria.

  • Tobibs

    Is this Nigeria’s defense minister? Wonders shall never end in this sham of a government.

    • h madaki

      To bibs just pray.

  • jezie

    the defected PDP members are more than nomads. they are really political harlots. but the current mad rush into the APC is a temporal psychological frenzy based on sentiments. and like every other action that is sentimentally induced, it will soon crash just like sentimental rush band wagon rushes into investing stock (shares), network marketing, alovera and soya beans vogues fizzled out because people were sentimentally driven into craving for them. it is a matter of time and APC so called popularity will crash because they have nothing to offer Nigerians. and the crash will leave in its trail disappointment and regrets far greater than the mourning of stock market crash and bank failure.

    • DIKE

      Go and crash it, WERAY…

    • h madaki

      Jezie jezie let’s wait and see the 2015 elections, were you will realized that APC is not based on sentiments, rather it was the sectional based Jonathan fed govt supporters who are being sentimental. jezie this the first time in nigeria,were the largest ruling party is gradually became a minority govt,because of the peaceful nature of APC despite threats in rivers state.

  • Angryman

    What is he apologizing for
    There is really no need for an apology
    He was just making an analogy to drive home his point
    Or are there no Fulani nomads again
    Trying to be politically correct I guess

    • h madaki

      Angry man,I 100%support you,no need for apology to us Fulani’s.let maku and his likes to continued to abuse us,let the beroms,Benue people and others continued to kill and steal our cows,no problem,we will endured.

      • Angryman

        Sorry, I can’t find the insult in his statement
        I presume some people are trying to make a political gain out of it

        • h madaki

          Angry man I did not insult,I only say we Fulani we will endured,no problem maku,continued with what you have started. may the almighty Allah remedies all the injustices being carried out in our country.we will continued to preach peaceful coexistence.

          • Angryman

            Thank you
            I can see there is more to it than the statement he made
            As to God remedying injustices I say Amen to that

  • esaulogbon

    Pray you dont cross the path of the nomads… Maku, you made a bloody mistake.

    • Angryman

      Sorry, I don’t seem to understand what the fury is about
      Is it because the allegory pertains to APC
      There may be Yoruba or Ibo nomads, but Fulanis are the ones people are familiar with as nomads
      So in what way has he offended the Fulanis by simply comparing the movement of some politicians from one party to the other with the way Fulani nomads move from one place to the other in search of pasture
      Like making a mountain out of a mole hill – all ado about nothing
      Possibly politically motivated

  • Ayus

    How I wish PDP and APC would let us concentrate and get dividends of Good Governace. Too much politicking in the air. Elections are still far off now.