As the face-off between Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State continues to elicit debate, the immediate past Governor of Bauchi State, Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, has appealed for peace.

The former governor made the appeal on Wednesday in Abuja, while speaking with newsmen.

Abubakar cautioned that “such war of words is capable of pitching both states against each other, and undermining national security, given the current mood of the country”.

According to him, “A further escalation could strain the cordial relationship enjoyed over the ages by the good people of both states.

“As leaders, our utterances could inspire, incite or go a long way in shaping the thought and actions of our people. I, therefore, appeal for calm between my two brothers.”

Barrister Abubakar, who condemned criminality by any ethnic group, called for a collective response to the menace of farmer-herder conflict and insecurity in general, maintaining that “the times are very unusual and the scale and complexity of these criminalities require collective and coherence of efforts by all States to support the Federal Government in the response.”

He added that “such an approach will not only prevent conflict and save lives but also open possibilities for greater development of Agriculture across Nigeria.”

While commiserating with those who lost loved ones, property and livestock to the farmer-herder crisis in the recent past, Abubakar called for greater citizens’ cooperation with the government in the fight against insecurity and expressed hope and confidence that the Buhari led APC Government would certainly surmount the current challenges and lead Nigeria to greater heights.

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