As Nigeria continues its slide towards total breakdown, the Christian Association of Nigeria and Ohanaeze Ndigbo has warned Miyetti Allah to cease from making provocative statements that is capable of pushing Nigeria into major crisis.
The Fulani group’s leader, Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, had earlier claimed that Nigeria belongs to Fulani which will rule the country forever.
In a swift reaction to the provocative statement by Bodejo, CAN requested security agencies to invite Bodejo over the statement, adding that Nigeria does not belong to any ethnic group, section or religion but to all Nigerians.
The northern chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) warned the leadership of Miyetti Allah against making reckless statements that can fuel crisis in the country.
In a separate reaction, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths, the youth wing of Igbo umbrella socio-cultural body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in a statement by its deputy national president, Dr Kingsley Dozie, said: “The 1978 Land Use Act was crystal clear that any land usage that doesn’t come with the express permission from a state governor is illegal.”
“Their claim of having free rights to any part of the country is very misleading, except they’re planning to force a total breakdown of law and order in Nigeria”
In an interview with The Sun, Bodejo said the Fulani race will continue to rule the country forever. According to him, the Fulani race produced Nigeria and there is no place where people will try to drive them away. He said: “They produced Nigeria. They produced the first prime minister. If they produced the first president, another president, another president and so on, are they not the owner of the country? Fulani are ruling Nigeria and they must continue to rule the country forever. That is the truth.” Bodejo insisted that they don’t need anybody’s approval or permission to occupy any land in any part of the country.
He noted that just like Amotekun which is now in operation in the Southwest, Miyetti Allah will be setting up its own security outfit to deal with cattle rustlers, banditry around Fulani settlements.
These vigilantes will be deployed across all the states of the country. Bodejo said the name of the security outfit shall be unveiled soon. He said it was the coronavirus pandemic that is delaying its takeoff.
The activities, comments of Miyetti Allah many think will push Nigeria into a major crisis. Many wonder why the government of Nigeria does not want to call Miyetti Allah to order.
The Nation, however, reports that Bodejo on Sunday, June 7, denied the statement. He claimed his reaction was to the establishment of regional security outfits, to which he said Fulani herdsmen did not feel intimidated.