Fulani apex socio cultural organization, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has accused Nigerian politicians of politicizing the incidence of killings by herdsmen nationwide, for 2019 polls.
The organization, in disowning the killer herdsmen, said any herdsmen carrying AK-47 rifle, is not a Fulani herdsman.
The body’s national president, Alhaji Bello Badejo, addressing newsmen in Kano, said politicians are seeking to take advantage of the crisis created by report of killer herdsmen, to prosecute their 2019 polls campaign agenda.
Badejo admitted that the scope of killings by herdsmen is reaching a frightening dimension, but argued that politicians are using it to create an imaginary division among the populace, by branding Fulani as killers.
According to him, “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.”
His organization, according to him, backs the proposed cattle colonies by the Presidency, saying it will end the conflict between cattle herders and farmers in Benue State and elsewhere in the country.
”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.”