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Bala Mohammed not among terrorist govs, Fani-Kayode replies Ortom

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Tito Obi

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, says it is uncharitable for Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to label his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, as a ‘terrorist governor’.

Fani-Kayode made this known in a string of tweets on Monday night hours after Ortom called Mohammed a Fulani terror member for saying herdsmen bear AK-47 rifles for self-defence.

The ex-minister, who also said he could name at least two terrorist governors, however did not mention the names of such governors.

Fani-Kayode wrote, “We must choose our battles wisely and know who our real enemies are. I have disagreed with my friend and brother, Gov. Bala Mohammed, on several occasions over the years and I do not share his views on a number of issues but to describe him as a terrorist is uncharitable and absurd.

“This is a man who stands up for Southerners Middle Belters and Christians as much as he stands up for Northern Muslims. It is fair to say that had it not been for his efforts President Goodluck Jonathan may not have become President after President Yaradua died.

“His role in the Senate at that time in ensuring that the then Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan was declared Acting President was exemplary and inspiring. Bala may sometimes say things that many in the South disagree with but his spirit is clean and his mind is pure.

“He is not a racist, a religious bigot or a hegemonist and supremacist. He is not the one that leads a state in which Christians are being slaughtered or that ethnic minorities are being marginalised, humiliated and destroyed.

“If you are looking for a terrorist governor I can name one or two but Bala is not amongst them. He is a leading member of the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) Ministers Forum, a group which I belong to, and I assure anyone that cares to listen that he is far more comfortable with indulging in an intellectual joust in which we can agree to disagree than in carrying guns, throwing bombs and killing people. It would serve our interest better if we learnt to separate the wheat from the chaff and stop demonising people simply because they do not share our views.

“To call Bala a terrorist is unacceptable and erroneous. I doubt that has ever killed a chicken let alone a human being.”

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