National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Abdullahi Bello Bodejo has said that the South-West regional security outfit, Amotekun and its newly formed counterpart in the South-East, Ebube Agu are both targeted against the Fulani ethnic group.
In an interview with VINCENT KALU, the leader of the Fulani socio-cultural organisation stressed that governors seeking to ban open grazing are only daydreaming, noting that open grazing by Fulani herdsmen from state to state could never be stopped in Nigeria.
You were planning to set up a security outfit to protect the Fulani across the country. What happened to the plan?
If you are setting up a security outfit or organisation of this nature, the Federal Government has to be involved. Our Miyetti Allah Vigilance Group is still in the process, and we are delaying it, believing that the Federal Government, the Inspector General of Police, the Grand Khadi can stop all these small vigilance groups. For instance, what is causing the problem and the banditry in Zamfara and Katsina states is the local vigilantes that are just killing Fulani anyhow and the Fulani in turn carry out reprisals. We believe that Nigeria is one and as a Nigerian, wherever you see yourself or stay, you are a citizen. So, we are delaying it to watch if the police can adequately protect our lives and property.
The South-West has provided its own security, but they have forgotten that the police, the military, the DSS and other security agencies are there to protect them. To me, what they are doing is political and not security. They just see somebody loafing about, they enlist him into Amotekun. What are they securing? Nothing.
If the Federal Government doesn’t stop Amotekun and the one coming from the South-East, we will have no option than to roll out our own with over 5, 000 personnel in all the 36 states of the federation and Abuja to protect our Fulani people in the forests and bushes, whose lives are in danger. You can see how the Amotekun are killing our people in the South-West, as if they are having an agenda. I’m very much surprised the way they are taking the law into their hands.
You are complaining of Amotekun from the South-West, but the South-East is also coming up with its own security outfit – Ebube Agu.
There is no problem. If the Federal Government cannot stop them, then it is time to unveil our own under the umbrella of Miyetti Allah. Both Amotekun and the new one from the South-East, Ebube Agu, are targeted against the Fulani. Since it has come to this, our own security outfit is inevitable.