National president of the Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, MAKH, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Badejo, has alerted that desperate politicians have hijecked the cattle herdsmen/farmers crisis, ravaging parts of the country, and are using the killings as a means of prosecuting 2019 electioneering.
Addressing reporters in Kano on Thursday, he observed that the rampant killings have now assumed a frightening dimension such that politicians are cashing in on to create a division in the minds of the people by branding the Fulani herdsmen as ‘killers’.
Badejo said, ”politicians are interfering in the Fulani herdsmen/ farmers crisis. They are trying to create a division, as well as divide the minds of the people. Politicians are punishing farmers, including Fulani cattle herdsmen because they want to use the face-off as a basis for 2019 politics.”
He insisted that the Fulani are peace loving people, who have a unique identity, different from other races, so for people to now label Fulani, of carrying AK 47 Assault rifles to kill is totally false, insisting that fulani worldwide are only engaged in cattle rearing and nothing else.
“They plan to create 5,000 hectares of land to be used as cattle colonies in some states. It is a welcome idea, but if the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom had agreed to create the proposed cattle colonies, rather than the grazing law he enacted, it would have not degenerated the current controversy but address the face-off.
“But this Ortom’s law is by no means favourable to the Fulani, that is why are vehemently opposed to it. So, the proposed colony will serve as an enduring solution to the lingering Fulani herdsmen/farmers crisis. And as such, we are in support of the Federal Government’s agenda to create the colonies.”
The MAKH national president called on the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris to seize the opportunity of his relocation to Benue State to establish the truth, as to who is attacking who and at the close of the day, prosecute, whoever is found guilty.
He went on to dismiss as false, insinuations that the Federal Government is grabbing the land to hand it over to the Fulani, saying: ”Only desperate politicians are opposed to the creation of cattle colonies for fulani herdsmen. These issues have been politicized”.
In addition, he stated that anyone armed with AK 47 assault rifle cannot be rearing cows, adding that such a person must be an armed robber from somewhere, disguising as a Fulani Herdsman and carrying weapons, as well as wearing Fulani attire to deceive the public.
Badejo decried the rampant attacks occurring between farmers, communities and Fulani cattle herdsmen in Plateau and adjoining states, adding that if any Fulani man invades somebody’s farm and steal, such a man should be arrested rather than have the issue being politicized or blown out of proportion.