Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has stated that armed Fulani Herdsmen are more dangerous than the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which was proscribed by the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Post, the Benue governor accused the Buhari-led government of being happy with the Insecurity rocking the nation.
He stated that Fulani Herdsmen killing and kidnapping people in Nigeria are mostly foreigners from Mali and Niger Republic.
According to him, most of the arrested armed Fulani Herdsmen cannot speak Hausa or Fulfide (language spoken by Fulanis), adding that they come from French speaking countries.
“My point is why is it that these Fulanis that are coming here can’t be stopped? They are not even Nigerians, yet there are Nigerians Fulanis. They are coming from Mali and Niger and they are not hiding it. They say it,” Ortom said.
“Most of them that are arrested here speak French, they cannot speak Hausa or Fulfide and so it is a matter of the government deciding that ‘look, we must stop this.’
“But it is clear to me now and that is why I said that the body language of the current presidency is that they are happy with what is happening. They stopped IPOB in the Southeast, and branded them terrorists.
“If I were to evaluate what was happening in the Southeast and the Southwest, what the Fulanis are doing here is worse. The weapons they have are more than what they have in the southeast and southwest. I don’t support all those secessionist agitations by those individuals. I don’t support it, but the truth is that we should ensure equity and fairness.
“We should ensure justice for all. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. So why are we separating other people as if they are slaves? And then you bring Fulani from outside to come and terrorize your country and you allow them? The president himself accepted that these ones that are terrorizing us are not Nigerians.
“So why are you allowing them? Why have they refused to brand them as terrorists? Why have they refused to ban them? Why have they encouraged Miyetti Allah to be killing our people?”