Miyetti Allah denies herdsmen attack on Benue
– Miyetti Allah Kautal, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo said any herder carrying AK47 rifle is not a Fulani man
– Bodejo declared that non of Fulani people was involved in the recent killing in Bunue state
– He said they have no cause to react violently to the anti-open grazing law enacted by the state government
The national chairman of a Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo claimed that herdsmen did not launch attack on Benue communities, saying any herder carrying AK47 rifle is not a Fulani man.
Daily Trust reports that Bodejo made the claim on Thursday, January 18, in Kano while briefing the media on the crisis shortly after he returned from Mecca.
He regretted that some criminal elements are always being mistaken for Fulani herdsmen and thus being allowed to be perpetrating attacks on innocent lives in the country.
According to him, ”First and foremost I am condemning the killings, we Fulani socio cultural association we are not part of any killing, we are not supporting any killing not only in Benue, we are not supporting any killing in Nigeria as a whole.
”If you see anybody carrying AK47 may be that person is an armed robber from another group or bandit or whatever you can call it wearing Fulani cloth.”
He said the Fulani have no cause to react violently to the anti-open grazing law enacted by the Benue state government since it is already challenging the law in court.
He therefore appealed to the federal government to wade into the matter in order to convince Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state to withdraw the law to enable nomadic Fulani herders enjoy their rights as citizens of Nigeria.