Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has advised the herders in his state to respect and obey the laws of his State or find their way to Governor Bala Mohammed’s Bauchi State to keep carrying AK-47s.
Recall that Bala Mohammed had noted and insisted that the herders usually carry guns in self-defence as people attack them and they have no choice than to protect themselves.Not agreeing with the Governor again while addressing press men recently, Samuel Ortom noted that Governance and Nigeria is not ruled anyhow but through the law of the nation. “So Bala Mohammed, my brother, that is not how to run Government, bringing a lot of disunity. Maybe he has not had time to see the castigations he received from Nigerians when he insisted that Fulani men can carry AK-47s and can live anywhere. Nigeria is not governed anyhow, it is not a Banana Republic. It is governed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The constitution gives power to our Governors in the State to preside over the land of their states on behalf of the people and they are the only people who can give people allocation and permit people to stay where they are.” Read also: I Am Not Defending Herdsmen But They Have No Option – Bala Mohammed Insists On AK-47 Statement
“So bandits cannot find a forest and come in to hide under that forest. I want to tell those terrorist Fulani men, they should not come to Benue State, they should go to Bauchi to stay with him. Benue State is governed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Benue State is also have laws guiding them so anybody, once you are a Fulani man, you come with legitimate papers, you are free to come to Benue State and do business according to the laws of our land. Anyone who is not willing to respect the laws of our land should go and meet Bala Mohammed and there you can carry AK-47 they will not apprehend you. Here when you come, we will apprehend you. So, I want this to be known”, he concluded.