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Herdsmen: Calling Bauchi Governor terrorist is absurd, FFK chides Ortom


Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has risen in defence Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, over accusations of being a ‘terrorist governor’.

This comes after Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State alleged that Mohammed is a Fulani terror for justifying the use of AK-47 rifles for “self-defence” by Fulani herdsmen.

Reacting to Ortom’s allegations in a series of tweets on Monday night, FFK stated that Mohammed is a supporter of Southerners Middle Belters and Christians, adding that to be labelled a terrorist by Ortom is uncharitable and absurd.

Speaking further, FFK alleged that he knows at least two terrorist governors but Mohammed “is not amongst them”, as such Ortom’s accusation is “unacceptable and erroneous”.

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The tweet read: “We must choose our battles wisely and know who our real enemies are. I have disagreed with my friend and brother, Gov. Bala Mohammed, on several occasions over the years and I do not share his views on a number of issues but to describe him as a terrorist is uncharitable and absurd.

“This is a man who stands up for Southerners Middle Belters and Christians as much as he stands up for Northern Muslims. It is fair to say that had it not been for his efforts President Goodluck Jonathan may not have become President after President Yaradua died.

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“His role in the Senate at that time in ensuring that the then Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan was declared Acting President was exemplary and inspiring. Bala may sometimes say things that many in the South disagree with but his spirit is clean and his mind is pure.

“He is not a racist, a religious bigot or a hegemonist and supremacist. He is not the one that leads a state in which Christians are being slaughtered or that ethnic minorities are being marginalised, humiliated and destroyed.

“If you are looking for a terrorist governor I can name one or two but Bala is not amongst them. He is a leading member of the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) Ministers Forum, a group which I belong to, and I assure anyone that cares to listen that he is far more comfortable with indulging in an intellectual joust in which we can agree to disagree than in carrying guns, throwing bombs and killing people. It would serve our interest better if we learnt to separate the wheat from the chaff and stop demonising people simply because they do not share our views.

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“To call Bala a terrorist is unacceptable and erroneous. I doubt that has ever killed a chicken let alone a human being.”