The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has slammed his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed over his recent comments, describing him as sympathetic to terrorists.
Governor Mohammed had said herdsmen had no option but to wield AK-47s to protect themselves, due to the security situation in the country, in what has been described as ‘a support for terrorists’.
After drawing criticism from several quarters, including from Gov. Ortom, the Bauchi Governor said he had used AK-47 as a figure of speech for protection.
But Ortom’s latest comment shows he remains unhappy with Mohammed’s position.
Insecurity: Benue Governor Ortom slams Bauchi Counterpart Bala Mohammed
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“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,” Ortom said at his Monday press conference.
The farmers-herdsmen conflict is an inflammable issue. Farming-centric states like Benue have pushed back against the free movement of cattle, but herdsmen communities, mostly Fulanis, claim they have been unfairly targeted for practicing their nomadic lifestyle.
The conflict has devolved into various forms of violence and governments, both states and federal, are exploring a number of options – ranching, ban on open grazing – to tackle the problem.