Herdsmen: Ortom fights back, says Mohammed is a disappointment

Ortom and Mohammed
Ortom and Mohammed

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has replied his counterpart from Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, for attacking him over the manner he is handling farmer-herder clashes, saying he is a disappointment.

Mohammed had lashed out at Southwest governors for handling the farmers-herders crisis poorly, saying that Ortom started the whole thing.

“On the herders-farmers clashes, you have seen what our colleagues in the South-West are doing and some of them in South-East. Some of us told them with all modesty and humility – you are wrong.

“But the person that is most wrong is the Governor of Benue State, my brother and my colleague, Governor Ortom; he started all these. If you don’t accommodate other tribes we are also accommodating your tribes in Bauchi and other places.

“We have so many Tiv people working and farming in Alkaleri, farming in Tafawa Balewa, farming in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi; has anyone asked them to go? We have not, because it is their constitutional right to be there.

“We have Yoruba people in Bauchi for over 150 years, even before the birth of Nigeria. Nobody has told them to go; some of them have risen to become permanent secretaries in Gombe, Bauchi, and Borno,” Mohammed had said.

Replying Mohammed, Ortom said his comments were disappointing, saying that he found the comments made by the Bauchi governor shocking, especially as he should know better as a governor who took oath of office to protect and defend the constitution of Nigeria.

Ortom, in a statement, said Mohammed had now taken the lead in violating the constitution by his unbecoming utterances.

The governor said he was shocked when Mohammed defended Fulani herdsmen bearing AK-47, wondering which section of the constitution gave the right to Fulani herdsmen to carry dangerous weapons around the country.

“It was the same Governor Mohammed who once said on national television that a Fulani man is a global citizen and therefore does not need a visa to come to Nigeria and that the forests belong to herdsmen,” he said.

Ortom said it was clear that Mohammed did not have detail facts about the havoc being wrecked by Fulani herdsmen across the country, saying if he had, he would not be putting emotion in defending illegality.

He also told Mohammed that Benue indigenes living in Bauchi were peace-loving and did not carry arms like the Fulanis in other places, adding that his government had not driven away law-abiding Fulanis in his domain.



  1. bala Mohammed is not our problem in this country. Rather it is the fed. govt. They are trying to make this country one sided nigeria. Whatever you do, as far as you are a fulani, there is no law against you. They can come all the way from north to east, south and west and rape kill and destroy crops and nothing will happen because they owns Nigeria

  2. ICHEOKU says for Governor Ortom to say that Governor Mohammed “did not have detail facts about the havoc being wrecked by Fulani herdsmen across the country” is indeed the real fallacy. How can such a high ranking Fulani man not know what the Fulani nation is financing? What a naive speak. Sad.

  3. Bala Mohammed, the issue is not about other tribes occupying lands other than their own, but about those people living peacefully and working within the legal framework in any part of Nigeria by any tribe or group of people.

    It is the willful destruction of properties, killing and maiming of the people in the Middle BELT, SE, SW and SS of Nigeria that is at the heart of the present issue in Nigeria. After all, Fulani have gone about their business across Nigeria for over 150 years, unmolested.

    There are a new set of “Herdsmen” or was it a change in their mindset that they have taken it upon themselves, where the indigenous people are raped, sodomized, killed and their crops totally destroyed by some unrepentant Fulanis.

    That is the heart of the problem. Has FGN said anything about the ever escalating level of violence perpetrated by these so called “Foreign Fulani Herdsmen” that Buhari alluded about when he visited the US?
    Motor-mouth Lai Mohammed has not found his voice or bring to the table, the menace this issue is causing to the delicate peace in Nigeria. If there is no rapid recanting and turn around by the criminals behind what is happening in Nigeria today, I am afraid we shall enter a new level of relationship in this country that our nation shall descend into a vicious cycle of violence begetting more violence and atrocities!

  4. In a country that has no laws and been governed by half educated and criminals that’s what we should expect from the leaders. No progress, no development of any kind.And they don’t care about the people they are ruling. They care only for their families, friends and cronies. Now the Police, DSS and Military authorities should handle the governor of Bauchi state for instigation and inciting the Herdsmen against the laws of the country. He should be thoroughly probed and investigated. He’s very dubious and criminally inclined. That there is no unity and progress in Nigeria is because of the likes of the governor of Bauchi state. Also the President should address this issue as a matter of urgency before it becomes late.

  5. I think Mohammed should be arrested for encouraging violence. If all other governors call on their tribe to defend themselves, will the Federal Government keep quiet? One tribe had the right to carry arms and others have no right. This is a governor of a state

    • Its a clear indication that the likes of Mohammed are the sponsors of this Fulani herders. The procurement and shipments of ammunition used by the herders should be traced to him and other northern elite.

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