The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Socio-Cultural Association has risen in defense of the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, over his comments that herders possess AK-47 rifles for self-defense.
A comment that has since attracted a series of criticisms from Nigerians.
Miyetti Allah’s National Secretary, Saleh Alhassan, described the Bauchi State Governor as the only one among his peers in the North defending Fulani pastoralists being persecuted across Nigeria.
The statement titled, ‘His Excellency Abdulkadir Bala Mohammed – Executive Governor, Bauchi State: The gradual emergence of a courageous northern leader’, was released in Kaduna on Thursday.
The organization further criticized Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, over his perceived hatred for the Fulani race, stating that Ortom’s achievement in office since 2015 to his “impoverished” citizens was his “obnoxious” anti-open grazing law in the state.
In the same vein, the Miyetti Allah group attacked the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, faulting his claims to be a senior lawyer but proved to be a “disgrace to the legal profession”.
They alleged that Akeredolu engineered the creation of ‘Amotekun’ unleashing terror on herders and Northerners in the south-western states of Ondo and Oyo.
The statement partly reads; “Governor Bala Mohammed has treaded where angels are scared to tread in the past. He has taken what every politician will consider as political risk in the past by holding divergent views where others have failed or chickened out. So, his current position on the herders/farmers conversation is not strange or out of context.”
Regarding Governors Ortom and Akeredolu, it stated that; “Governor Bala Mohammed has refused to be like Governor of Benue State H.E. Samuel Ortom, whose only achievement is the rising of ethnic militia and gang leaders that have been visiting mayhem of killings in his state.”