The Shepherds: Ortom Meets Bala Mohammed
Benue State Governor Samuel Hortom describes comments made by his colleague from Bauchi State Bala Mohammed, who accused him of what he called “negative perceptions of Fulani shepherds” when he spoke about the current security situation in the country.
While Governor Hortom may not want to join affairs with Governor Bauchi, he finds it shocking that a colleague of his, who was sworn in to protect and preserve the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is now taking the lead in violation of the regulation. the same Constitution referring to illegality.
He notes that the most shocking part of Gov. Bala Mohammed’s statement was that he defended the pastors for carrying weapons, saying that “they have no choice but to bring AK47 because society and government do not protect them.”
Gov. Hortom wonders what section of the law the governor of Bauchi has brought in to support the free movement of shepherds around the country with modern weapons.
Remember that Governor Mohammed himself once said on national television that a Fulani man is a citizen of the world and therefore does not need a visa to enter Nigeria and that the forests belong to shepherds.
Governor Hortom wonders if his friend and colleague from Bauchi State knows anything about the horrific practices of shepherds in parts of the country to justify the emotional defenses and excuses he has repeatedly put forward in their favor.
Citing Gov. Bala Mohammed’s comment that there are people from Benue who are free to do business in Bauchi and elsewhere, Governor Hortom says the Benue natives in Bauchi are law abiding and do not carry weapons to attack their guests, noting that Fulani as and many other Nigerians living in Benue, respecting the laws of the country, live peacefully with their guests.
Governor Hortom says his administration did not expel law-abiding Nigerians in Benue State.
The governor finds it unfortunate that those who are entrusted with the powers of the people and who usually have to defend truth and justice have decided to mislead the country. It emphasizes the need for leaders to exercise caution and repeat their steps to lead the country to anarchy.
Chief Press Secretary
12 February 2021