“Calling Governor of Bal a terrorist is unacceptable and wrong,” he says to Orthom.
Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister, responded to Gov. Samuel Orthom, saying that Gov. Bala Mohammed is not a terrorist and has not led a state in which ethnic minorities are marginalized, humiliated and destroyed.
Fani-Kayode tweeted this in a series of tweets on Monday night after Hortom called Mohammed a member of the Fulani terror for saying shepherds carry AK-47 assault rifles in self-defense.
The former minister, who also said he could appoint at least two terrorist governors, did not name those governors.
Fani-Kayode wrote: “We must choose our battles wisely and know who our real enemies are. I have disagreed with my friend and brother, the Governor of Bala Mohammed, several times over the years, and I disagree with his views on a number of issues, but describing him as a terrorist is hardly merciful and absurd.
“This is a man who fights for the southerners of the Middle East and for Christians as much as for the Muslims of the north. It’s fair to say that if it weren’t for his efforts, President Goodluck Jonathan might not have become President after President Yaradua’s death.
“His role in the Senate at the time in ensuring that then Vice President Goodluck Jonathan was declared interim president was exemplary and inspiring. Sometimes Bala may say things that many in the South do not agree with, but his spirit is pure and his mind is pure.
“He is not a racist, a religious fanatic, a hegemonist or a supremacist. It is not he who runs a state in which Christians are massacred or ethnic minorities are marginalized, humiliated and exterminated.
“If you’re looking for a terrorist governor, I can name one or two, but Bal is not among them. He is a prominent member of the Forum of Ministers of the NDP (People’s Democratic Party), a group to which I belong, and I assure anyone who wants to listen to him that he is much more comfortable engaging in intellectual fun. around where we can agree to disagree with carrying weapons, dropping bombs and killing people. It would be in our interest if we could learn to separate the wheat from the chaff and stop demonizing people simply because they do not share our opinion.
“Calling Bal a terrorist is unacceptable and wrong. I doubt he ever killed a chicken, let alone a human. “