By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna
Fulani community under the auspices of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Socio- Cultural Association has hailed Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed for stating herdsmen carry AK47 rifles to defend themselves.
The Fulani Socio- Cultural Association, in its reactions to the Governor’s comment, which has been greeted with wide criticisms, said Mohammed’s intervention on the ongoing farmer/herders’ conflict was simply to state the obvious devoid of the current “politicisation.”
In a statement by its National Secretary, Saleh Alhassan, Miyyeti Allah described Mohammed as the only voice among his peers in the North that has risen in defence of pastoralists being persecuted across Nigeria.
The statement titled: ‘His Excellency Abdulkadir Bala Mohammed – Executive Governor Bauchi State: The gradual emergence of a courageous northern leader,’ also carpeted Benue Governor Samuel Ortom over alleged perceived hatred for the Fulani race.
It also alleged Ortom’s achievement in office since 2015 was his “obnoxious” anti-open grazing law in the state.
The group also attacked Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, accusing him of being behind the creation of Amotekun allegedly unleashing terror on herders Ondo and Oyo.
Miyetti Allah said: “Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed Executive Governor of Bauchi State has gradually emerged as the only lone voice among his peers in the North to come out openly in the defense of the Fulani pastoralists that are being persecuted across many states through enactment of negative obnoxious laws against their means of livelihoods and the issuance of illegal eviction notices from their places of abode against the constitutional provisions.”
On Ortom and Akeredolu, the association said: “Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has refused to be like Governor of Benue State H.E Samuel Ortom whose only achievement in the rising of ethnic militia and gang leaders that have been vising mayhem of killings in his state. Whose only evidence of dividends of democracy to his improvised citizens is the creation of obnoxious anti-grazing laws.
“He has refused to be like Governor of Ondo State H.E Rotimi Akeredolu who is a Senior lawyer (SAN) but has proved to be a disgrace to the legal profession.
“Akeredolu after creating an ethnic militia (Amotekun) that is now unleashing terror and mayhem on innocent herders and northerners living in the south-west against unconstitutional and blanket eviction notices for herders to vacate places where their livelihoods.”
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