Miyetti-Allah Kautal Hore Fulani has called for the intervention of the federal government in the mass eviction of pastoralists, especially Fulani herdsmen in Benue state, over the anti-open grazing law in the state.
National President of the association, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, told newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja that the Benue anti-open grazing law which took effect on November 1, this year, “is a against the provisions of the Constitution which guarantees the rights of every Nigerian to live in any place or state of their choice.”
“We have the Benue state government displacing innocent Fulani and other pastoralists and Taraba state wants to follow suit. What have Fulani done to warrant this persecution? Does it mean that the federal government and President Muhammadu Buhari are not aware of this development or are they afraid of living up to their constitutional responsibilities?
“The Fulani are law abiding and we as Fulani leaders are trying our best to calm our people. However, there is a limit to how long we can calm the people before they get tired and protest their persecution,” Bodejo said.
He said the Benue controversy had led to displacement and suffering of innocent people “who have become refugees in their country; hence the need for urgent and drastic intervention by the government.”
He said reports from those displaced indicated that they were on the move for three or more without food and shelter.
“It is worrisome that thousands of cattle are being moved undignified manners that endanger the lives of families and their only means of economic livelihood.”
He, therefore, urged President Buhari and the nations’ elders to call Governor Samuel Ortom to stop the “persecution of Fulani.”