– Femi Fani-Kayode has raised a defence for Bauchi governor Bala Mohammed
– The ex-aviation minister described Bala as a detribalised Nigerian and a man of high intellect
– FFK, as fondly called, said it will be “uncharitable and absurd” to label the Bauchi governor as a terrorist
Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation, has dabbled into the lingering feud between Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo.
The two governors have been engaging in open media confrontation over the ethnic tension and insecurity in the southwest region of the country.
The confrontation started when Bala said justified the carrying of AK-47 by herdsmen, a controversial statement Akeredolu described as one capable of fuelling ethnic tension.
Making his position known on the ensuing feud in a tweet on Monday, February 22, Fani Kayode said though he disagreed “on several occasions over the years” with Bala, he will never subscribe to the opinion of people calling him a “terrorist.”
The former aviation minister described as “uncharitable and absurd” the name-calling criticism in which the Bauchi governor is being faced with.
He described Bala as a “man who stands up for southerners middle belters and Christians as much as he stands up for Northern Muslims.”
FFK also stated that if not for Bala, Goodluck Jonathan would not have emerged as president of Nigeria after his former boss Umar Musa Yar’adua passed away.
Meanwhile, the Bauchi government has cleared the grey areas on Governor Bala’s controversial comment on herders carrying AK-47.
In a statement, an aide to Governor Bala said the comment of his boss was misunderstood and misrepresented.
Muktar Gidado said Governor Mohammed’s position was to “caution stakeholders to guard against escalating ethnic tension.”
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