From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
The President of Fulani Socio-Cultural Association known as Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, has said that allegations labelling Fulani as criminals in the country are not true but rather are instigations by some politicians and enemies of Fulani to black mail the tribe and to cause unnecessary confusion and disaffection.
Bodejo said this, in Bauchi over the weekend while interacting with reporters.
He said the act of kidnapping, armed robbery shown in videos via social media are all drama to portray Fulani black. “You as journalists have you ever investigated who and who they arraign in court after the drama if any, did the court convict them , I challenge you the pressmen to tell me any tribe that doesn’t have people with questionable character. Why are they doing it to Fulani even in the drama you didn’t see the picture of the actor asking them questions, it’s only a black mail.”
He said even the farmers and herders fracas is politicised and recalled that the misunderstandings between the two groups are that of age longed which have the traditional ways of resolving them.
Bodejo said, “But unlike before that these feuds happen and resolve immediately. Politicians now use it as ways of causing disaffections between Fulani race and other tribes.
He said part of the black mail many times “You will see someone taken pictures from accident scenes and before you know, post it on social media claiming Fulani herdsmen are responsible for the killings, it’s unfortunate”
Bodejo said that kinsmen herders did not bear any arms of any form except carrying the traditional sticks they were known for.