Ortom spoke the truth, owes no apology — Group
A Group under the aegis of Benue Alliance for Truth and Justice has vowed that Governor Samuel Ortom would not apologise to his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed for speaking the truth about killer herdsmen, while advising that he should be left alone.
Its National President, Peter Shande, said the call for apology by Arewa Youths for Peace and Development was rather provocative and an insult to the sensibilities of Benue people and Nigeria as a country.
Recall that Arewa Youths for Peace and Development, led by its Chairman, Salihu Mohammed, in a statement published in some sections of the media, had asked Ortom to tender an apology for bashing Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State over comments that Fulani herdsmen had right to carry AK-47 riffles.
But, Shande maintained that Mohammed was not patriotic by asking killer herdsmen to bear unregulated arms, while Ortom spoke the truth on crisis.
He said: “Governor Samuel Ortom, has over the years been at the threshold of Fulani menace. As chairman of Guma Local Council in the 90s, he experienced first-hand Fulani’s atrocities
“ Benue people have been victims of Fulani carnage for years. Armed Fulani herdsmen have destroyed several communities across the state. They have rendered over 800,000 people homeless. The now live in displaced persons’ camps.
“ It is, therefore, provocative and an insult to the sensibilities of the people of Benue and Nigeria for the Bauchi governor to support Fulani herdsmen to be carrying AK47 assault riffles while herding their cattle…”
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