The Benue State Government has rubbished the claim by Umar Labdo Muhammad of the Faculty of Humanities, Northwest University, Kano that Benue State belongs to the Fulani people by right of conquest.
Muhammad, who is an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic, made the controversial claim in a Facebook post that went viral on Wednesday.
The Don, in the post, while stressing that no one can expel Fulani herdsmen from Benue, went further to claim that the ‘Food Basket of the Nation’ state is “part and parcel of Sokoto Caliphate”.
In its reaction, the Benue State Government through the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, Terve Akase, demanded that the professor provide evidence to back up his claims.
According to Akase, it would do a lot of good if the Don shows proofs of ownership of Benue by Fulani in books and also tell the people what year they were conquered.
He said, “Did he [Prof. Muhammad] provide evidence to his claim?
“Which of the books written by great men proves what he said? He should also be able to tell us in what century the Fulani conquered Benue.
“Muhammad should be able to back up his claims that Benue is Fulani’s conquered land because you don’t just come up with such claims”.