The National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Bodejo has said Nigeria belong to the Fulani ethnic group, adding that no body can chase them from any part of the country.
This came after Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu ordered the vacation of Fulani herdsmen from the state forests after he stated that bad elements haves turned the state forests to hideout for Kidnapped victims and negotiate for ransoms.
Also the presidency immediately reacted to the notice given to Fulani while saying that the Governor would not remove herders from the forests.
In an interview, Bodejo said, Fulani owns all the land in Nigeria. He also claimed that Fulani herdsmen have been in the areas for over 250 years, adding that nobody has the power to chase them out of the forest reserves.
According to him, the herders won’t obey the governor, while stating that Ondo State Governor should be a Governor for everyone in the state.
He said, “The Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, doesn’t have any right to give such ultimatum to our people. People, including Fulani, voted for him to be the governor; so he should be the governor of everybody in the state.
“Fulani have been in the forests he is talking about even before he was born; they have been there for over 250 years. After staying there for a long time and their cow dung turns the place fertile, people would begin to come there to farm and to settle and from then, they begin to make claims that our cattle were destroying their farms”.
He added that Governor Akeredolu will be sued for trying to remove Fulani from the forest reserves.
“We are suing the governor and seeking an injunction restraining him and others from carrying out his threat. But even at that, nobody, no power can send the herdsmen out of Ondo state.
“No herdsman will obey the governor. The herdsmen will not step an inch out of Ondo forests; they are going nowhere. We won’t obey the governor; it is only the constitution of Nigeria that we obey, he said.
Bodejo also said all lands in Nigeria belong to the Fulani ethnic group, adding that if the forest reserves in Ondo do not provide food for their cows, they won’t have settled there with their cows.
“All the lands in this country belong to the Fulani, but we don’t have any business to do with land if it doesn’t have areas for grazing. If the land doesn’t have cow food, we won’t have any business with it.
“What we consider are the areas that have cow food. If the place is good for grazing, we don’t need anybody’s permission to go there.
“Fulani can settle in any bush or forest they want the moment they have cows. Any person who thinks he owns any forest should be taken to a psychiatric hospital. Nobody owns any forest; forests are for Nigerians”, he said.
Bodejo maintained that desperate politicians are ‘using propaganda to spoil Fulani’s name.’
He also alleged that Akeredolu’s plan to evict herders from Ondo’s forest reserves could be because of his 2023 political ambition.