The Governors of Bauchi and Benue state are at war over a comment His Excellency Bala Mohammed of Bauchi made on Thursday, February 11, 2021, justifying the need for herdsmen to carry about AK 47 as a means of defending against cattle rustlers.
Reacting to the statement of his Bauchi counterpart, the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom in a statement, said: “I wondered if my friend and colleague knows a thing or two about the horrendous activities of herders in parts of the country to warrant the emotional defence and justification that he has repeatedly put forward in their favour.”
Governor Ortom said his stance against open grazing, has placed him in the crosshairs of the herdsmen who he claims have written to him in an attempt to assassinate him. “I want to think that, with what he said and what those herdsmen wrote to me and said that they were going to assassinate me, Bala Mohammed is also part of it, with what he has said.” He also added that “…if anything happens to me, I don’t want anybody to be in doubt, Bala Mohammed should be held responsible”, while speaking to journalists in Makurdi, Benue State on Monday 22 February 2021.
Governor Bala Mohammed has condemned the treatment of Fulani people, picking Governor Ortom for starting an anti-Fulani wave of sentiments. Recall that after a meeting, the Nigeria Governor’s Forum reached a consensus to end open grazing, encouraging state governments to put in place systems to accelerate the grazing initiative of the National Livestock Transformation Plan and ranching in the country.