Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN created Amotekun in the state to kill Fulanis, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has alleged.
According to Miyetti Allah, Akeredolu is “the brain behind the creation of ‘Amotekun’ allegedly unleashing terror on herders and Northerners in the Southwestern states of Ondo and Oyo.”
The herders’ group laid the allegation in a statement signed by its National Secretary, Mr. Saleh Alhassan on Thursday.
The accusation came amid rising tensions in the South-West following eviction notices that bred ethnic clashes in some parts of the geopolitical zone.
Miyetti Allah hailed Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed for his comment that Fulani herdsmen carry AK-47 rifles for self-defence, describing him as a “lone voice” speaking for Fulani herdsmen that were being persecuted across the nation.
“Bala Mohammed’s intervention on the ongoing farmer/herders’ conflict was simply to state the obvious devoid of the current “politicisation.
“Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed Executive Governor of Bauchi State has gradually emerged 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.
“Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has tread where angels are scared to tread in the past. He has taking 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,” Miyetti Allah’s statement read in part.
The group also lambasted Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, accusing him of hating the Fulani tribe.
“Ortom’s achievement in office since 2015 to his impoverished citizens, is his obnoxious anti-open grazing law in the state,” the group said.