– Two PDP governors, Samuel Ortom and Bala Mohammed, are in a war of words over the menace of insecurity in Nigeria
– Whereas Governor Mohammed had said that herdsmen can carry AK-47, Ortom recently stated that his Bauchi counterpart is a terrorist
– Ortom also noted that Mohammed knows nothing about the oath of office taken while assuming power
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Benue governor, Samuel Ortom, has reacted to statements by Governor Bala Mohammed that supported the possession of illegal arms by some herdsmen in the country.
Speaking with journalists on Monday, February 22, Ortom said his Bauchi counterpart must be very ignorant of the oath of office which governors take to protect citizens and the nation’s constitution, Channels TV reports.
Going personal, the Benue governor said he would have chosen to overlook remarks from Mohammed but since silence means consent, it is best to set the record straight.
Ortom claimed that the Bauchi governor has continued to vilify, intimidate and blackmail him.
“I am beginning to think that my brother, the governor of Bauchi State is part of the terrorist Fulani organisation that is terrorising 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. 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.”
Meanwhile, Governor Mohammed of Bauchi state on Friday, February 19, defended his comment about armed herders.
According to the governor, his comment supporting herdsmen arming themselves with AK-47 rifles was a figure of speech endorsing their protection.
The comment of the governor had sparked outrage across Nigeria, with many accusing him of supporting criminality.
Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for Legit.ng. He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.