- For now, Governor Samuel Ortom has no evidence that he was attacked by Fulani herdsmen
- This was the position of the Arewa Youth Forum on Sunday, March 21
- Wondering how the Benue governor arrived at his conclusion, the AYF said he must back up his claims with verifiable evidence
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Governor Samuel Ortom has been asked to produce evidence that he was actually attacked on Saturday, March 20, by Fulani herdsmen.
The challenge was put forward by the Arewa Youth Federation (AYF), a socio-cultural group of northern origin.
Adamu Kabir Matazu, AYF's president, who spoke with Daily Trust on Sunday, March 21, expressed shock that the Benue governor arrived at this conclusion without evidence.
Matazu said in the recent past Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno was able to prove that he was attacked by Boko Haram insurgents.
“We’ve seen attacks even against governors like was seen in the Boko Haram attack on Borno Governor Babagana Zulum and there was evidence.
“But Ortom did not provide any evidence. Criminals come from all segments of the society, and there was not any evidence that he was attacked let alone by Fulani herdsmen.”
Meanwhile, a group known as the Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM) had reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack on the convoy of Ortom.
The group in a statement by one Umar Amir Shehu said the attack was an assassination attempt on the governor.
FUNAM claimed that it carried out the assault as revenge for the governor’s actions against the Fulani people. It said 11 of its members executed that raid, noting that the governor escaped because of a slight technical communication error.
“Our courageous fighters carried out this historic attack to send a great message to Ortom and his collaborators: Where ever you are, once you are against Fulani long term interest, we shall get you down. This is a clear warning. We hope those who take us for granted will get the indisputable message."
Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for Legit.ng. He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.