- The statement of Governor Bala Mohammed has generated reaction from his Benue state counterpart
- According Ortom, th statement by Mohammed is capable of leading the country to anarchy
- Going further, the governor wonders if the Bauchi governor us aware of the terrible actions of the herdsmen
In what will generate different reactions from Nigerians across regions, Governor Samuel Ortom has replied his counterpart, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state over the latter's statement on herdsmen.
Mohammed had recently claimed that herders carry weapons because they need to protect themselves and went further to criticise Ortom.
Ortom in his reaction through Terver Akase, his spokesperson, said he was disappointed in Mohammed's statement.
He said such utterances are capable of leading the country to anarchy.
Going further, he wonders the section of the law the Bauchi state gvernor cited to support herdsmen’s free movement around the country with sophisticated weapons.
Also, Ortom wonders if the Bauchi governor knows how herdsmen are detroying lives and properties in some parts of the country.
Ortom also lamented that leaders are who should ordinarily uphold truth and justice, have chosen to mislead the country.
He consequently urged leaders to be cautious in thei statements and not lead the country astray.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) on Thursday, February 11 said it had reached a consensus on the need for the country to transition into modern systems of animal husbandry that will replace open, night, and underage grazing in the country.
The NGF's resolution was contained in a communique signed by its chairman and Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
In the communique seen by Legit.ng, governors were encouraged to put in place systems to accelerate the grazing initiative of the National Livestock Transformation Plan and ranching in the country.
In another report, Ortom asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security.
Ortom made the call on Thursday, February 11 while addressing journalists including a Legit.ng reporter in Abuja.
The governor also stated that those carrying out attacks on communities in Nigeria are not Nigerians but foreign Fulani herdsmen, who he said took advantage of the country's porous borders to gain entry.