Gov. Ortom asks Bauchi Gov. to apologise to Nigerians for supporting illegal arms wielding by foreign herdsmen
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has asked his counterpart in Bauchi, governor Bala Mohammed to render an unreserved apology to Nigerians over his comments that herdsmen should be allowed to carry AK47 rifles.
Governor Ortom said this while addressing journalists in Makurdi, Benue State capital.
According to Ortom it will be consoling for the governor to apologise because “we all make mistakes. If he apologises, it will be appreciated”.
“To continue to argue is inflicting pains on some of us that have been victims of the Fulani herdsmen”.
“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 conspiracy to wipe some people out, including Benue State”.
“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.
“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,” Ortom said.