Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has advised his Bauchi State counterpart Bala Muhammed to apologize to Nigerians for his recent comments supporting herders to bear arms.
Governor Ortom, who gave the advice today at a press conference held at Benue Peoples House in Makurdi, said the apology was needed as it would help console Nigerians, especially those who had lost loved ones because of the activities of criminal shepherds.
He also urged Governor Mohammed to take inspiration from the governors of Kano and Kaduna states, both of Fulani origin, who have expressed their dissatisfaction with the activities of terrorist shepherds in their respective states.
Ortom, who argued his call for the federal government to declare a state of security emergency, was patriotic and wondered why some Nigerians, including those in Benue, had given him a look.
Governor Ortom noted that his letter to President Muhammadu Buhari was to express genuine concern over the state of insecurity in the country, which needed the support of well-meaning Nigerians to overcome.
On the statement credited to Miyetti Allah in support of his governor Bala Mohammed, Ortom said it was on such issues that he had repeatedly called on the federal government to outlaw the socio-cultural organization as a terrorist group.
DAILY POST recalls that Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, on February 12, gave reasons why he thinks the shepherds should continue to carry the AK-47 across the country.
Mohammed had alleged that the government and society had failed to protect the shepherds in the forest, hence the need to protect themselves.
Shepherds’ crisis: you owe the Nigerians an apology – Ortom tells Bauchi Gov