A Christian militant group allegedly wants herdsmen out of southern Kaduna

In a reaction to the seven-day evacuation notice issued by a Christian militant group, popularly known as Akhwat Akwop, to Fulani herdsmen to vacate Southern Kaduna in Kaduna State; a Fulani socio-cultural organisation, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately intervene in other to avoid the looming crisis in the area.

In a statement signed by the National Chairman of the organisation, Bello Bodejo, on Saturday in Abuja, the group said it was disheartening for anyone to refer to the Fulanis as strangers in the land they have been living for hundreds of years ago.

Bodejo said that no one has the right to send them packing from Southern Kaduna, because the constitution of Nigeria “is above all ethnic sentiments.” He also condemned Governor Patrick Yakowa’s attitude to the issue.

“We alerted the governor about the ongoing secret killings of our men through several letters, but he turned a blind eye and deaf ears to our cries,” he said. “The so-called militants have carried out series of attacks on our men, killing and maiming innocent herdsmen and stealing their cows; but the state government is doing nothing about it.”

He urged Fulanis residing in Southern Kaduna and other parts of the state to go about their normal business and avoid inflammatory remarks, but warned that, “the Fulanis are quite ready to defend themselves against any attack.”

On June 3, the Akhwat Akwop in Southern Kaduna gave the Fulanis seven days notice to vacate their land.

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