Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom said his Bauchi counterpart Bala Muhammad should apologize to Nigerians for his remarks that herdsmen should take up arms in self-defence.
Governor Ortom made the remarks while addressing newsmen at the State Government House in Makurdi, saying the comment was unnecessary and an indication that Mohammed was among those terrorising Nigerians.
He said the 1999 Nigerian constitution forbade anyone to carry a weapon except a security officer.
“Bala should emulate governors of Kano and Kaduna State and the Sultan of Sokoto, who is constantly speaking against the killer herdsmen. I think he should apologise to Nigerians, particularly those of us who have been affected by herdsmen’s atrocities.
“But if he continues, we will be forced to believe that he is part of the terrorists or one of those sponsoring banditry in the country. We are not against the Fulani living in Benue, but against terrorists Fulani group.”
“Once you refuse to abide by the state’s laws irrespective of your tribe, we will come after you,” he stated.
Naija News recalls that Naija News recalls that in his bid to flush out killer herdsmen, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo had asked all Fulani herders residing in Ondo forest reserves to vacate and register with the state government.
Reacting to Akeredolu’s ultimatum, Bala Mohammed had said Fulani herdsmen carry firearms to protect themselves against cattle rustlers who attack, kill and take away their possessions, adding that the Ondo governor lacked the constitutional right to evict herders.