Bauchi gov part of terrorist groups terrorising Nigeria — Ortom

Samuel Ortom

…Says gov profiling him for possible assassination by armed herders

…Wants gov to be held responsible if anything happens to him

By Peter Duru

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, yesterday hit back at his Bauchi State counterpart,  Senator Bala Mohammed, accusing him of being part of the terrorist groups unleashing mayhem in Nigeria.

Governor Ortom also raised the alarm, accusing Governor Mohammed of profiling him for possible assassination by armed Fulani herders, contending that  by repeatedly accusing him (Ortom) of instigating hatred against armed herders in the country, the Bauchi Governor was putting his life in danger.

Governor Ortom who spoke in Makurdi while reacting to the recent media outburst by governor Mohammed, also alleged that the Bauchi State Governor’s unrelenting support for herders to carry AK47 riffles for self defence clearly indicated that the Governor was supporting the mindless killing of Nigerians by armed herders.

The Benue State Governor who said he did not want to join issue with his Bauchi State, counterpart however said, “Since he has chosen to continue to vilify, intimidate and blackmail me, and since it is said that silence is consent, I am compelled to respond.

“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 terrorists herdsmen to come into Nigeria.

“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…

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