GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has reconciled Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue and Bala Mohammed, his Bauchi State counterpart, who have been at daggers drawn over the herdsmen and farmers crisis.
Ortom and Mohammed have been throwing verbal punches at each order with the former calling the latter a terrorist while the Bauchi governor accused him of instigating violence against Fulani herdsmen.
Ortom had alleged that Mohammed is conniving with herdsmen to assassinate him, publicly stating that he should be held responsible should anything happen to him.
His statement came in the wake of Mohammed defending herdsmen bearing AK-47 rifles, saying they do so for self-protection although they have been accused of kidnappings, killings and raping of women, preventing farmers from going to farms and damaging farmlands with the cattle.
As tension mounted following the altercation, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, waded in to broker peace and douse tension between the two governors who are their members.
A peace meeting presided over by Governor Wike and Ahmadu Fintiri, his Adamawa counterpart, with Ortom and Mohammed took place on Tuesday, March 2, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
At the end of the meeting Ortom and Mohammed publicly embraced at the end of the meeting in Wike’s private residence, signalling an end to their diatribe.
– Mar. 2, 2021 @ 8:08 GMT |