Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom has accused his Bauchi State counterpart, Mr qBala Mohammed, of being a terrorist based on his utterances supporting herdsmen from carrying AK-47 to defend themselves.
Governor Ortom who made this accusation while addressing Journalists in Makurdi, Benue State capital, said Governor Mohammed must be a terrorist for supporting illegal arms wielding by foreign herdsmen.
He said: “I wouldn’t want to be joining issues with my brother, friend, and colleague, Bauchi Governor. But since he has continued to vilify, intimidate and blackmail me. It is said that silence is consent. I am compelled to respond to him. I am beginning to think that my brother, the Governor of Bauchi State is part of the terrorist Fulani organisation that is terrorising this country. Why do I say this? This is the same Governor who took the oath of Office to protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This constitution does not leave room for allowing foreign herdsmen to come in without valid papers.”
The Benue State Governor noted that: “This is a man who says that a Fulani man is a global man and can come in from anywhere and enter Nigeria. It is quite disappointing to hear a Governor who took the oath of Office …maybe he should go back and check the oath of Office he took to check maybe the constitution gives room for foreign terrorist Fulani herdsmen to come into Nigeria.”
He also reacted to Governor Mohammed’s statement which says herders can carry AK-47 to defend themselves, saying he does not know where the constitution of this country allows that.
Governor Ortom therefore called on Governor Mohammed to render an unreserved apology and learn from the provisions of the constitution that, land both territorial, forest, and aquatic, are vested on the Governor of a State who holds them in trust, instead of indulging in inciting Fulani herdsmen against innocent Nigerians.