The bittered relationship between the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, in respect to the herders crisis witnessed in most parts of the country has been peacefully resolved.
This was made known In a statement signed by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Rivers State Governor, Kelvin Ebiri during a reconciliation meeting between Gov Ortom and Mohammed in Portharcourt on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, at the meeting which held at Governor Wike’s private home at Rumuepirikom, Governor Mohammed Bala told newsmen that the animosity and quarrel that existed for a short while between him and Governor Ortom over herders/Fulani profiling is highly regrettable and wrong.
According to him, “We didn’t intend dividing the country or divide our people. We remain friends and brothers and we will now move forward as most of those issues are fully resolved.
Consequently, “I would like to tell Nigerians that whatever misinterpretation they got, that I and Ortom are having problem is false. We only had a misunderstanding as we spoke on the security of the nation and we talked of the failure of security infrastructure in the country.
On his part, Governor Ortom commended Governor Wike and Governor Fintiri for efforts made towards arranging the meeting where it was agreed that outburst between him and his Bauchi State counterpart is not needed at a time Nigeria needs them most.
“We have accepted that it was wrong for us to have behaved like that, we have learnt. We are all susceptible beings and we are all prone to mistakes and so when we make mistakes, it is a plus for us if we quickly correct them. And I think moving forward, we shall live together. The Fulani and Tiv people have lived together for a long time and there is no issue whatsoever.”
“We look forward that the federal government should first accept that, yes ,they have failed, so that together the State and the local government can synergize to tackle the problem once and for all.
“As at today, there is no equity, there is no fairness , there is no justice in our country and that is why everywhere in Nigeria there are issues. So we look forward that the Federal Government will partner with us. This time we need not to talk about partisan politics. We must come together. We need not to talk about ethnicity or religion. We must come together as brothers and sisters who have no other country than Nigeria, to work together towards a common cause that will solve the problem that we have.”
Wike thanked the Governors of Bauchi and Benue States for amicably resolving their dispute.
“We give God the glory today that those difference have been sorted out. We are members of one political party. Like what the Governor of Bauchi and Governor of Benue said, we don’t want the inefficiency, we don’t want the incapacity of the Federal Government in handling the issue of insecurity in the country to rub on us.
“Everybody knows that the Federal Government has failed in providing security for this country. And of course you will not blame them. They (Ortom and Mohammed) are under pressure from their various States. It is not as if they have any personal issue.”
Wike who noted that the All Progressives Congress was rejoicing that there was a disagreement between the Governors of Benue and Bauchi States, added that the opposition party will be disillusioned now that the disagreement has been resolved.
“They will not be happy today that two of them have now made up to work together. “
Furthermore, Governor Wike urged the media to be a bit more circumspect in reporting issues that could further polarize the country.
“But you too the press, you should have a role to play in stabilizing the country. It is not everything you must report. You don’t try to escalate things. When you do that your not helping the country.”
“On his part, Adamawa State Governor , Ahmed Fintiri, said as national leaders, it was incumbent of him and Governor Wike to intervene in the disagreement between their Benue and Bauchi counterparts”. The statement reads.
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