Following the outbursts of Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and his Benue State counterpart, Gov Ortom on Herdsmen, former Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda has backed up the statement made by Gov Bala recently.
Yuguda who was interesting with journalists yesterday supported the statement made by Gov Bala on Herdsmen that did not go down well with Benue State Governor.
Isa Yuguda who was interacting with journalists explained that Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria have been unfairly treated over the years.
“The Nigerian State has not been fair to these people,(Fulanis), when the white man came they provided cattle grazing and routes from Maiduguri to Lokoja and Ilorin. These infrastructures were provided by the white people, and today where are the grazing reserves and the cattle routes?
Yuguda wondered why the fair statement of Governor Bala Mohammed generated the recent public outcry, arguing that such people were silence when senior citizens started clamouring for a license to carry weapons.
“There has been a clamour by senior citizens in this country that we should carry weapons to defend ourselves, but when our governor, Bala Mohammed made a remark to that effect everyone is crying wolf – all the Nigerian press is saying Bala is this, Bala is that.”
“Didn’t you hear a senior citizen in Nigeria saying we should carry guns to defend ourselves, where were you guys, nobody wrote about it until when Bala said okay these people (Fulanis) also reserves the right to defend themselves”, he insisted
The former Aviation Minister blamed the Nigeria press over ethnic profiling warning that unless Nigerians do away with sentiment Nigeria will crumble, saying the Nigeria press are not doing what they are supposed to be doing in terms of fair hearing to all.
Yuguda also commended Governor Mohammed for the infrastructural development in the state, saying that the present situation shows that Gov Bala is doing his best to develop the state.
The former Governor called on Nigerians to always leave in peace with one another irrespective of religion, tribe or ethnicity.
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