Published February 19, 2021
HERDSMEN under the aegis of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Socio -Cultural Association have risen in defence of the Bauchi State Governor , Senator Bala Mohammed , over his comments that herders possess AK -47 rifles for self -defence.
The comment from the Bauchi governor had incurred wide criticisms and condemnations from Nigerians .
The National Secretary , Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore , Mr. Saleh Alhassan , described the Bauchi State helmsman as the only lone voice among his peers in the North in defence of Fulani 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 ’, was authored by the association’ s scribe and released in Kaduna on Thursday .
But the Fulani organisation carpeted Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over his perceived hatred for the Fulani race, saying that Ortom ’s achievement in office since 2015 to his “ impoverished ” citizens was his “ obnoxious ” anti -open grazing law in the state .
Also, the Miyetti Allah group attacked the Ondo State Governor , Rotimi Akeredolu , whom they said , claimed to a senior lawyer but proved to be a “ disgrace to the legal profession ” .
They also accused Akeredolu of being the brain behind the creation of ‘ Amotekun’ allegedly unleashing terror on herders and Northerners in the south – western states of Ondo and Oyo.
According to the statement , the Bauchi governor is the only northerner that came out in the defence of Fulani pastoralists in many states.
It noted that Bala Mohammed ’s intervention on the ongoing farmer /herders’ conflict was simply to state the obvious devoid of the current “ politicisation .”
The statement read, “ Governor Bala Mohammed has treaded where angels are scared to tread in the past . He has taken what every politician will consider as political risk in the past by holding divergent views where others have failed or chickened out . So, his current position on the herders /farmers conversation is not strange or out of context .”
On governors Ortom and Akeredolu , the association said, “ Govenor Bala Mohammed has refused to be like Governor of Benue State H .E . Samuel Ortom , whose only achievement is the rising of ethnic militia and gang leaders that have been visiting mayhem of killings in his state .
“ Akeredolu will be held accountable for the ongoing genocide against innocent pastoralist and northerners living in the South -West .”