…denies raising 1000-strong militia
Fulani socio-cultural group, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, says it never claimed that members of the race own Nigeria.
Miyetti Allah also denied raising 100, 000 militia to enforce its will on other Nigerians.
The group’s President, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, said in Abuja on Monday that as law-abiding citizens, the Fulani saw themselves as being on the same pedestal with other Nigerians.
Bodejo said, “I have never said Nigeria is a Fulbe country and that Fulbe go to any community without permission.
“I want to state clearly that this news report is a blatant fabricated lie. “Nigeria belongs to all Nigerians.”
Media reports had on Saturday quoted Bodejo of saying the Fulani owned Nigeria and would continue to rule the country.
The Miyetti Allah president was also quoted to have said that the association had concluded arrangements to establish its own security outfit.
But in a reaction, the Christian Association of Nigeria urged the Director General of the State Security Service and the Inspector General of Police to invite Bodejo over his statements.
CAN Vice Chairman for the 19 northern states, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, said that the “newspaper story credited to the National President of one of the groups of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore confirms and identifies those who do not wish Nigeria to live in peace and unity.”
Hayab said no well-meaning individual should use the name of an association or platform like Miyetti Allah to make such serious divisive statements, adding that no section, group or religion could claim sole ownership of Nigeria.
He described the statement attributed to Bodejo as false which he said only creates tension and fuels crisis. According to him, Nigerians will wait and see what the Federal Government through her security agencies will do about such an inflammatory statement.