Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, says he is convinced that his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, is a member of Fulani terrorists terrorising Nigeria.
Ortom stated this on Monday during a press conference held at the new banquet hall of Government House, Makurdi.
Mohammed had attacked Ortom when he accused the Benue State governor of creating bad media campaign against the Fulani ethnic stock, stating that the situation had worsened the herder-farmer crisis. Mohammed had further accused Ortom of criminalising the entire Fulani ethnic stock across the country.
Reacting on Monday, Ortom said, “Since he (Mohammed) has chosen to vilify and intimidate me. I am compelled to think that he is one of the Fulani terrorists terrorising this country.
“Why did I say so? This is the same governor who took an oath of office to protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The constitution does not give room to allow foreign armed Fulani herdsmen, Tiv people or Yoruba or any enthnic groups to come in and to carry arms but Bauchi governor said that every Fulani man is a global man so he could go anywhere at any time.
“It is quite disappointing to hear a governor who took an oath of office say that. May be he should go back and rehearse the oath of office he took whether allowing foreign Fulani terrorists to come to Nigeria protects the institution of Nigeria.”
In reference to Fulani herdsmen carrying AK-47 for self-defence, Ortom queried his Bauchi counterpart to tell Nigerians, the section of Nigeria constitution that allows anyone who is not licensed by security agencies to carry arms.
“Even Dane guns are licensed, how much more weapons like AK-47, AK-49 and several other sophisticated weapons.”
Speaking on Mohammed’s latest statement that Fulani herdsmen have the right to occupy any piece of land anywhere including forest reserves, Ortom said that the land use act permitted governors to have sole authority over lands.
“The land use act permits governors to have the sole legal right. I have the sole authority over lands whether in the forests or anywhere.
“He (Mohammed) should go back and read the land use act. As governor in your state, you hold the land on behalf of the people,” Ortom said.