Benue people don’t hate Fulani but don’t like killers too – Ortom
The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, says his people do not hate Fulani people but are against terrorists, killer herdsmen, and other criminal elements.
He stated this while addressing journalists in the state capital, Makurdi on the state of insecurity in the state.
“We are not against any tribe, especially the Fulani people, but rather against terrorists, killer herdsmen, bandits, kidnappers and all types of criminals within the state.
“We are actively supporting our security agencies, to ensure that all remaining pockets of banditry, kidnappings among others, are mitigated,” Ortom said.
The Benue governor said his administration had since 2015 domesticated and enacted more than 20 laws for the smooth running of the state since democracy cannot function without enabling legislation.
On the open-grazing law operational in the state, he maintained that it was not to witch-hunt anyone, noting that ranching was the modern method of cattle rearing.
He said he would not join issues with his Bauchi State counterpart over a controversial comment that he, Ortom, instigated other Nigerians against the Fulani.
According to him, Governor Mohammed owed Nigerians an apology for another comment that Fulani herdsmen went about with AK-47 rifles for self-defence.
Ortom appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for being proactive in deploying security personnel to ensure security in the state.