Leadership Of Fulani Socio-Cultural Association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Warn Yoruba Leaders Over Allegations That Fulani Cattle Rearers Kidnapped Chief Olu Falae
Following the recent notice issued by Yoruba leaders to Fulani herdsmen, to quit grazing their cattle in Yoruba land, as a consequence of the kidnap, and release of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural association, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, has warned the Yoruba leaders against taking any action(s) that would create division in the country.
Bodejo made this known yesterday in Abuja while reacting to the statement from Yoruba leaders which sought to stop cattle breeders from grazing their cattle in Yoruba territory.
Besides the threat to personal security which the herdsmen had been accused of posing, the Yoruba leaders also accused them of grazing their cattle in farm lands and destroying crops.
Chief Falae had disclosed that his abductors were herdsmen who grazed their cattle into his farm. But warning Yoruba leaders against their utterances, the Fulani leader said, “Nigeria belongs to all of us and there is need for Yoruba to settle their differences for the purpose of peace.
The Fulani leader further condemned a statement by former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode, which supported the call, by the Yoruba leaders, on Fulani herdsmen from South-West.
“I am not pleased with Fani-Kayode’s statement, instead of coming out to call for peace, he is engineering his people to chase the Fulani out of their states.
“I don’t think it is possible the way he said it. We are peace loving people and instead of Yoruba to investigate properly and know those behind the atrocities in their land, they are busy accusing Fulani herdsmen”, Bodejo said.
According to him, “there are always bad people in every ethnic group and you cannot because of those bad eggs chase away the good ones among them. Fulani are not bad to that extent.
Bodejo further noted that the constitution of Nigeria empowers Fulani herdsmen, and other ethnic groups, to stay in any state of the federation they desire.
“That is why we have laws, if you arrest any Fulani man and you find him guilty for any offence, he should face the music”, he noted.
He however called on Fulani herdsmen, in every state, to respect the laws of their hosts and live peacefully with other ethnic groups.
It would be recalled that in the heat of the tension generated by accusation that Falae’s abductors were Fulani, the Northern Alternative Forum appealed to the Yoruba group, Afenifere, to see the Fulani within their domain as brothers and treat them as such.
Chairman of the Forum and Sarkin Yamma Potiskum, Alhaji Gidado Ibrahim, who made the appeal said the call became necessary following soured relationships between the Yoruba and Fulani following Chief Falae’s ordeal.
Alhaji Gidado, who also condemned the kidnap of Chief Falae, noted that the Fulani remain brothers to the Yoruba people, adding that the kidnappers could not have acted on behalf of the Fulani race.
“These may have been miscreants who were actually looking for what to survive on and therefore could not have been acting the script of the highly respected Fulani race. “We should not allow the enemy of democracy to laugh and use any one to destroy the unity of Nigeria.
“We are sure that the current government will do something about the current spate of kidnappings in the country.
“As Nigeria attains the golden age of 55 years, we can see that the country has matured to the level where unity and love should be our binding cord and we as elders in Nigeria must emphasize those things that unite rather than divide us”, Gidado had said.
– Kingsley Madaki, Abuja