January 31, 2023

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has called for the arrest of the National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Abdullahi Bodejo, over his alleged threatening comments in a recent interview.

According to a statement released by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Terver Akase,  Bodejo in a recent interview, allegedly threatened to disrupt the peace of any state that fails to establish cattle colonies also known as Ruga settlements.

“…you are a governor and you want to enjoy peace in your state, you don’t need any long meeting, just create a particular area for the Fulani and equip them with modern amenities.”  Bodejo allegedly said in a recent interview

Governor Ortom in the statement,  described the purported comment of Bodejo as inciting and direct invitation for anarchy. 

”The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore’s outing has confirmed the fact that the group is not only responsible for attacks on farming communities in parts of the country but is also determined to reject any method of animal husbandry that does not agree with nomadic cattle breeding and are poised to sponsor violence in states not willing to donate land for open grazing.

“Utterances such as those of Bodejo are inciting and direct invitation for anarchy. No group should be above the law to be dictating to states on how to accord preference to it at the expense of other Nigerians.

We call for the arrest and prosecution of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore President for persistently making statements capable of stirring crises in the country.”  he said

Benue state House of Assembly passed the anti-open grazing bill last year following the incessant clash between farmers and herdsmen in the state. 

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