By Kucha Jeremiah, Abuja
National Secretary, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Socio-cultural
Association, Engr Saleh Alhassan, FIMC described the governor of
Bauchi State, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed as ‘Courageous Northern
Alhassan in a statement yesterday said the governor’s intervention on
the ongoing raging herders/farmers conflicts is to simply put the
conflicts within the proper context devoid of the current
politicization, with hope to finding sustainable solution rather than
playing to the gallery.
He described Mohammed as the “only lone voice among his peers in the
North to come out openly in the defense of the Fulani pastoralists
that are being persecuted across many states through enactment of
negative obnoxious laws against their means of livelihoods and the
issuance of illegal eviction notices from their places of abode
against the constitutional provisions.
“Mohammed has treaded where angels are scared to tread in the past. He
has taken what every politician will consider as political risk in the
past by holding divergent views where others have failed or chicken
out. So his current position on the herders/farmers conversation is
not strange or out of context,” he said.
Describing Mohammed as detribalized politician, Alhassan said in 2010
when President Umaru Yar’Adua was incapacitated, despite threat from
the cabals Bala Mohammed went ahead to invoke the “Doctrine of
necessity”, where Vice President Goodluck Jonathan then was made
acting President. This he said was because the governor believes in
the unity and peaceful co-existence of Nigeria as one indivisible
Alhassan said the governor should be applauded for providing
purposeful leadership particularly to the north at this trying moments
in our nation’s history. “Those attempting to silence him are only
undertaking an exercise in futility as majority northern masses,
particularly the pastoralists have seen a leader and savior at this
critical time and are solidly behind him”.
He said that Govenor Bala has refused to be like his counterparts, the
governor of Benue State, Mr Samuel Ortom whose only achievement
according to him is raising ethnic militia and gang leaders that have
been unleashing mayhem in the state and creation of obnoxious
anti-grazing laws; and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State who he
said has proven to be a disgrace to the legal profession by creating
an ethnic militia (Amotekun) that is now unleashing terror and mayhem
on innocent herders and northerners living in the south-west.