Fulani elders have distanced themselves from one Alhaji Bello Bodejo who claimed to be President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, saying he lacked the mandate and moral standing to speak for the Fulani.
Bodejo, in an interview had moved to whittle down the alleged 2019 presidential bid of All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
But in a statement on Sunday by the elders, they said Bodejo made the statement to serve some dubious interests.
The forum questioned the credentials of Bodejo and slammed him for attempting to arrogate to himself the power of Nigerians to determine who leads them.
The statement reads:
“We note with dismay a publication in The Sun Newspaper of Saturday April 27, 2019 and attributed to one Alhaji Bello Bodejo, the self- acclaimed President of MiyettiAllah Kautal Hore, an association mischievously conceived to serve some dubious interests. In the publication, Bello Bodejo was quoted as casting aspersions on the person of All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“Bello Bodejo’s statement is unfortunate and repulsive in all ramifications. For one, he lacks the mandate and credibility to speak on behalf of the Fulani. He has lost the confidence of our people because of hiscriminal activities, which are well known to us. We challenge him to come out and tell the whole world how his younger brother was killed during an alleged robbery operation at Saminaka in Lere LGA, using his Hilux vehicle.
“Bello Bodejo is a known fraudster who has made a career out of duping poor members of his Fulani community. As at today, he leads one of the biggest cattle-rustling-gangs in the North central zone, a morally-depraved man who could not keep even a woman as wife in his house. Such a person cannot be taken seriously or be highly regarded as to speak for others.
“Bello Bodejo stands for everything unethical. His questionable antecedents speak volumes about him and his ways.When he realised he cannot actualize his nefarious activities under any decent association, he resorted to desperate moves, contacting prominent politicians,soliciting for patronage and claiming to be a leader of the Fulani under Kautal Hore, a handbag association where he is law unto himself.
“In 2015, he aligned himself with the then-governing PDP. To warm himself into the heart of the party, he headed for Aso Rock Villa where he endorsed former President Goodluck Jonathan in the name of Fulani in Nigeria, a crime the Fulani people are yet to forgive him for. He castigated General Muhammadu Buhari, calling him all kinds of unprintable names.
“In the run-up to the 2019 election, Bello Bodejo also made frantic efforts to align with the PDP Presidential Candidate, AlhajiAtiku Abubakar, holding several meetings with him in his Asokoro residence. When all efforts to dupe Atiku Abubakar failed, he resorted to outright blackmail, again sayingmany unpalatable things about Atiku.
“He later made frantic efforts to reach out to Asiwaju Tinubu in January, 2019 to sell himself as someone with mass followers. But his satanic plans couldn’t sail through with a highly-intelligent Asiwaju, who can identify a fraudster when he sees one, hence Bello Bodejo’s unprovoked outburst.
“Nigerians should know Bello Bodejo through his past antecedents. He is worthless and must be seen as such.
He does not command any decent followership as his criminal records speakvolumes about him. He is a fraudster with questionable background who derives pleasure in intimidating people using his clandestine activities.
“On the issue of 2019 he raised, no one can arrogate to himself the power to decide who should lead or aspire to lead the country. The generality of the Nigerian people will take that crucial decision. Only a charlatanlike Bello Bodejo, masquerading as a leader would make such sweeping statements credited to him. The way and manner he spoke suggests he is out to play God, which speaks to the creeping-in of early signs of schizophrenia expressed in infantile behaviours.
“Asiwaju Tinubu is eminently qualified and well equipped to lead the country irrespective of the thinking of people likeBodejo. Leadership comes from God Almighty alone. Instead of focusing on the many challenges facing the herders’community, Bodejo is busy building castles in the air.
“He failed to acknowledge the many fine attributes of the APC National Leader. Among other things, it is on record thatAsiwaju Tinubu, in his uniqueness of regularly intervening to proffer solutions to problems, sought to find panacea for many problems, including the lingering farmers-herders’ crisis in Nigeria. Asiwaju singlehandedly sponsored many noble initiatives aimed at fostering peaceful coexistence between the communities in dispute.
“He sponsored two days interactive dialogue sessions in Abuja between farmers and herders where the same Bodejo was not only present but stayed till the end. At that time, he would tell anyone that cared to listen that Asiwaju Tinubu was the best thing to have happened to the country. Why the change in posture now, we may askBodejo?
“It is instructive to note that the Fulaniculture abhors shameful and disrespectfulconduct, especially in relating to our elders. We call on Bodejo to desist forthwith from using the name of Miyetti Allah to spread his odious gospel of hate. He should tender an unreserved apology to Asiwaju.
“His campaign of hate and calumny is manifested in the way he tries to underplay or even deny Tinubu’s important contributions to the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
This is unfortunate, myopic and in bad taste. We must, however, make it clear that its Asiwaju’s inalienable right to vie for the highest office in the land or not. We call on Tinubu to exercise this fundamental right as he deems fit”.
Concerned Fulani Leaders Forum
Muhammad Musa Bawa (Manman)
Sabin Garin Nabordo, Toro LGA,