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Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has declared that it is an injustice to clamp down on the activities of the Eastern Security Network while the Fulani who carry AK-47 rifles are allowed to go about with arms committing heinous crimes.
Ortom stated this in an interview with BBC News Pidgin.
According to him, the treatment meted out to the ESN, the Indigenous People of Biafra, and its leader Nnamdi Kanu, should be the same for Fulani people who carry guns.
‘Why should they allow Fulani from a foreign land to come to Nigeria to disturb us?’ Ortom queried.
He went further to state that, ‘No country will allow that kind of a thing. But here in Nigeria, it is allowed. And those Fulani people believe they can go anywhere and take possession of the place.’
The Governor said the free movement by the Fulani people into Nigeria can’t be done in Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya except they have travel documents.
He said what we see unfolding and the failure to make arrests only proved what is allegedly being said by the Fulani people that they ‘want to take over the land and be leaders‘.
‘That’s why we are complaining that the leader at the top should not fold his arms but also talk about this issue. He should also make efforts to show that he’s our leader,’ he said.
Ortom wondered why people are arrested when they try to speak against the actions of the Fulani. He insisted that others apart from the Fulani should be allowed to say their minds.
‘It is not balanced that way, and that is what we are saying. Didn’t they arrest Kanu who leads IPOB? They arrested him and I think he ran away, if not he would have been jailed,’ Ortom said.
‘So why are they not arresting these people in the forests? Don’t we have Air Force, soldiers, police, and the DSS?
‘Not too long ago, they went after the Eastern Security Network. It is an illegal thing, and I support the government to clamp down on them’.
‘But why should they clamp down on them alone? Why should they leave the Fulani people to carry AK-47, AK-49, and even big guns that soldiers, police, and the DSS don’t carry in this country?’ He further queried.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK