Following November 1 implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing Law in Benue State, the Miyetti-Allah Kautal Hore Fulani has cried out to President Muhammadu Buhari over mass eviction of Fulani herdsmen in the State.
National President of the association Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo at a press conference yesterday in Abuja opined that the said law, was an aberration against the provisions of the Nigeria Constitution which guarantee the rights of every Nigerians to live in any place or states of their choice.
The Chairman, who called for the FG’s intervention said the Benue crisis is mass eviction and criminal displacement of Nigerians who have been put under undue pressure especially the children and the elderly among those displaced and migrating to neighbouring states and other places.
“We have the Benue State Government displacing innocent Fulanis and other pastoralists and Taraba State wanted to follow suit. What have Fulanis 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 Fulanis 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 calm the people before they got tired and protest their persecution,” Bodejo said.
He said reports from those displaced shows they were on move for three or more days 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. The question is where does the Benue Government want this displaced Nigerians to go to?” he queried.
To this end, he urged the Federal Government to establish the National Grazing Reserve Commission as part of measures to bring lasting resolutions to the crisis.
He further urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the nations’ elders to call the Benue State Administration of Governor Samuel Ortom to order by stopping the persecution of Fulanis and forestall their possible revolt on the matter.