The national president of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Bodejo has hit back at Ondo State governor over his vacating order to herdsmen in Ondo State forest reserve.
Recall that Governor Akeredolu apparently concerned over the rising cases of insecurity in the state had given a vacating order to herdsmen in the forest reserve to vacate.
This sparked reaction from Bello Bodejo who said that all the land in Nigeria belongs to the Fulani and they have the right to graze at any forest or bush.
In an interview with the Sun Newspaper, Bello Bodejo said that no Fulani will over Aleredolu’s order.
Speaking further he said that Governor Akeredolu has no right whatsoever to order herdsmen to vacate anywhere in Ondo State.
“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,” he said.
“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.
“We are suing the governor and seeking 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.
“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 psychiatric hospital. Nobody owns any forest; forests are for Nigerians.”
Bodejo said the governor just needed an excuse to drive out the Fulanis from the state since the criminals are not from the ethnic group.