Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Bauchi State has accused the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, of instigating the crises affecting Fulani people in the country.
MACBAN state Chairman, Sadiq Ahmed, who made this allegation at a press conference on Tuesday at the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ secretariat, also berated the Ekiti and Oyo State governors for the quit notices they issued to herders in their states.
Ahmed said, “The statements made by these leaders are a clear proof that the unity of Nigeria is at stake and can only be solved when the governors of Benue, Ekiti and Oyo states are sanctioned without further delay, especially the governor of Benue State.
“We will continue to educate our members to be law-abiding citizens, but we will lawfully reject any attempt by a group of tribes, who are minority in Nigeria, trying to control and instigate violence in a united country.”
He also faulted Ortom for calling the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, a terrorist, describing Ortom’s statement as that of an opportunist who found himself in power.
“It was governor Ortom, who publicly announced that nomads should move down to Bauchi and carry out their criminality, which implies that all Fulani nomads or herdsmen are criminals,” he said.
Similarly, the Deputy Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Danlami Kawule, faulted Ortom’s statement that Mohammed was a terrorist.
He called on Ortom to apologise to the people of the state for making such a derogatory statement about their governor.
The Speaker stated this in an interview with journalists in Bauchi on Tuesday.
Similarly, the Arewa Youths for Peace and Development has lambasted Ortom for calling Mohammed a terrorist.
Chairman of the group, Salihu Mohammed, who stated this on Tuesday in Bauchi while addressing a press conference, said Mohammed was a true nationalist, who always defended the interest of the masses and the oppressed.
He, therefore, stressed that calling the Bauchi governor a terrorist was unacceptable, erroneous and unfair.
“We are demanding an unreserved apology to Nigerians by governor Ortom for fanning the embers of disunity in the country with his reckless statements and actions. Governor Ortom’s unguarded utterances are a cover-up for his allegedly dastardly act of sponsoring thugs, who maim and kill many Fulani herdsmen in Benue with the aim of fuelling hatred and envy,” Salihu said.