Amid accusations of ethnic cleansing leveled against Fulani herdsmen in Benue State, an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at the Northwest University, Kano, Umar Labdo Muhammad, has claimed that the state belongs to Fulani people.
Prof. Muhammad, who stressed that Benue belongs to Fulani people by right of conquest, said that no one has the right to expel herdsmen from the state under any guise, in veiled response to the anti-Open Grazing Law currently in effect in the ‘Food Basket of the Nation’.
According to the University don, “Benue State belongs to the Fulani people by right of conquest. This is because half of the state is part of the Bauchi Emirate and the other half is part of the Adamawa Emirate. Benue is therefore part and parcel of the Sokoto Caliphate. So no one has the right to expel the Fulani from Benue under any guise”.
“Second to the Arabs, perhaps the Fulani are the most benevolent and merciful conquerors in history. If they had applied the Nazi final solution to the natives, or if they had treated them the same way the European settlers treated Red Indians in North America or the Aborigines in Australia, the story would have been different today”, Muhammad added.