Benue Governor Ortom to Bala Mohammed; you’re a Fulani terrorist, warns Bauchi Gov against incitement
Benue Governor Samuel Ortom has described his counterpart in Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed as a Fulani terrorist for his consistent encouragement of armed carrying herdsmen in the country.
Ortom, who was reacting to an earlier attack on him by Mohammed, alleged that the Bauchi State Governor may be among the armed Fulani herdsmen who are after his life.
“I am beginning to think that my brother the Bauchi Governor is part of the Fulani terrorist organisation that is unleashing mayhem in 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.
“The Constitution does not leave room to allow foreign herdsmen or foreign Tiv people of Fulani people or Yoruba to come in without valid papers.
“This is a Governor who said that the Fulani man is a global man so he can come in from anywhere and enter Nigeria. It is quite disappointing to hear a Governor who took an oath to say that.
“He should go back and check the oath if he is protecting the Constitution by allowing foreign terrorist herdsmen to come into Nigeria.
“Some herdsmen wrote me a letter that they will kill me from the way and manner my brother and Governor of Bauchi spoke in support of herdsmen carrying arms, I suspect that he is one among the Fulani who wants to kill me and should anything happen to me they should not look far,” Ortom said.
He expressed shock that a Governor, who took oath to safe guard lives and property, will openly support armed herdsmen who came from Ghana, Niger, Libya etc to kill in Nigeria.
He warned herdsmen who carry arms should go to Bauchi and not stay in Benue.
“Of course he justified his position that Fulani herdsmen should carry AK47 to protect themselves. I do not know where the Constitution of this country allows any man or woman who is not licensed by security agencies to carry even dane guns not to talk of automatic rifles like AK47.
“Again the Land Use Act permits and gives the Governor the sole authority over land. Even if the federal government comes to my state to execute a project they ask for land from me and until I grant the Certificate of Occupancy they cannot do anything whether in the forests or any part of the state. He should read the Land Use Act.
“As Governor you hold the land in trust for the people, even his so-called response to try to run away from the truth implicated him the more. It was on national television and his defense did not go down well with Nigerians.
“I beg my brother Governor to just come out and apologize to Nigerians; it will be consoling because we all make mistakes. If he apologizes it will be appreciated but if he continues to argue he would be inflicting pains, especially on some of us who have been victims of these armed Fulani herdsmen.
“We are thinking that it is an act of conspiracy to wipe some people away including Benue state,” the Benue Governor said.