- The northern chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has warned Miyetti Allah to stop making provocative statements
- The Fulani group's leader, Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, had earlier claimed that Nigeria belongs to Fulani which will rule the country forever
- Reacting to the statement, CAN said security agencies should 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) has warned the leadership of Miyetti Allah against making reckless statements that can fuel crisis in the country.
The group called on the security agencies to invite the national president of Miyetti Allah, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, for claiming Nigeria belongs to Fulani which will rule the country forever, The Nation reports.
Legit..ng gathers that the Christian body in a statement by its Vice Chairman, John Joseph Hayab, said Nigeria does not belong to any ethnic group, section or religion but to all Nigerians.
It noted that Miyetti Allah’s statement that ‘Nigeria belongs to Fulani and they will rule forever’ has revealed the identities of those who not want Nigeria to be peaceful.
Also reacting, 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, Ohanaeze Youths 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.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the national president of Miyetti Allah, Bodejo, said the Fulani own 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 own security outfit to deal with cattle rustlers, banditry around Fulani settlements.
The Miyetti Allah leader also disclosed that the security outfit will have about 5,000 to 100,000 vigilantes.
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 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.
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