The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has alleged that a good number of Fulani herdsmen are currently operating in collaboration with terrorist groups to sustain their attacks on the state.
The governor made the allegation on Wednesday while speaking in an interview with Epoch Times TV in Washington, DC, United States of America, USA.
Ortom during the interview anchored by Douglas Burton, pointed out that from the highly placed information available to him, terrorist groups including the Boko Haram, ISIS, ISWAP, and armed Fulani herdsmen are working for one agenda.
The governor emphasized that the terrorists were the same group of people operating under different names and causing havoc across Nigeria.
‘They collaborate by providing arms to them and doing the same thing by killing. Just like the Bible says, a thief cometh not only to steal but to kill and to destroy. So I have seen this collaboration in all these groups, they are doing the same thing,’ he said.
Governor Ortom further stated that the enactment of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the State was one of the ways his administration aimed at providing solution to the lingering crisis between the herdsmen and farmers.
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that Ortom had last week come out to openly lament about the current State of Nigeria while reiterating that the country is currently on drip and oxygen and noting that everything must be done to ensure it survived.
Ortom had made this statement in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday on arrival from London along with Governor Nyesom Wike and others.
He had also explained that he and others were looking at how they could harness ideas and put themselves together to ensure that the nation got out of the present the present challenges.
According to him, from top to bottom, the nation had not fared better than it was in 2015 as things had degenerated.
‘So, what we are doing is a concern that we have for our country, Nigeria.
“This is beyond partisan politics. We are looking at how we can come together and find a way of ensuring that Nigeria survives. Nigeria is on a drip, Nigeria is on oxygen and it is about how can we get out of this,’ Ortom said.
The Benue governor said individually, they had commitment in Europe apart from the consultation that occurred. He said despite the consultations with presidential candidates, nothing concrete had been decided on by the team, saying they were still going to meet.