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“To call Bala terrorist is unacceptable, erroneous” –Fani-Kayode replies Ortom
Tue, 23 Feb 2021   ||   Nigeria,

Former Minister of Aviation and chieftain in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Femi Fani-Kayode, has said he can mention about two terrorist governors in which the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, is not included. 

He, therefore, described as unacceptable and erroneous for calling Bala a terrorist governor by the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom.

Fani-Kayode said this on his twitter account on Monday night after Ortom called Mohammed a Fulani terror member for saying herdsmen bear AK-47 rifles for self-defence.

The former Minister stated that “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.


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