By Dare Lawal
Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has managed to talk himself into another storm.
Asked about what he thinks of the recent spate of defections in the polity, here’s what Maku, who also doubles as Information minister, had to say:
“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,” he said.
Comparing defectors to Fulani nomads has not gone down well with a lot of people who have condemned Maku for his insensitive comment.
On Friday in Abuja, Maku apologised to Fulani cattle breeders over his comment.
In a statement signed by Maku’s Chief Press Secretary, Joe Mutuah, the minister claimed that his 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.
He apologised for any pain his statement might have caused.