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AK-47 Saga: Elderstateman Says Govs Ortom, Ishaku Guilty

By Idris Shehu

An elder statesman in Bauchi, Alhaji Ahmad Iliyasu has described as 'nonsensical, political statements made by some politicians on the issue of herders and farmers clashes in the country.

Alhajii Iliyasu who was a former governorship aspirant in the state while condemning the act of the politicians pointed out that the elites ought to be mindful of their utterances so as not to cause disunity in the nation.

Iliyasu who holds the traditional tittle of 'Sardaunan Misau' made the remarks in a press release issued to journalists Wednesday in Bauchi on the cold war between the governors of Bauchi and Benue states Bala Mohammed and Samuel Ortom over defense of herdsmen carrying AK 47 guns by Bala Mohammed.

According to Bala the herdsmen were forced to carrry guns because security agents failed to protect them against cattle rustlers while his colleague Ortom accused Bala of being a terrorist and supporting terrorism.

But the elder statesman said the attack on the Bauchi state governor by his Benue state counterpart was unwarranted.

Iliyasu claimed that Ortom once advocated that citizens should defend themselves 'since the federal government failed to secure them adding that Taraba state governor Darius Ishaku had recently on Channels Television requested that citizens should be allowed to carry AK 47 to protect themselves from bandits.

"Political statements sensical and nonsensical have dominated our national discourse these days. Some of the statements have exposed the hidden agenda of some people particularly the elites.

"This ethnic, religious and sectional bias being perpetrated by some leaders who are supposed to be responsible and lead by example must stop in the interest of the nation". He cautioned.

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