Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has described as an injustice the treatment meted out to the Eastern Security Network, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader Nnamdi Kanu.
In an interview with BBC News Pidgin, Ortom called on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to clampdown on Fulani people who carry AK-47 same way it is tackling ESN, IPOB and Kanu.
“Why should they allow Fulani from a foreign land to come to Nigeria to disturb us?” Ortom asked.
“No country will allow that kind of a thing. But here in Nigeria, it is allowed. And those Fulani people believe they can go anywhere and take possession of the place,” he added.
The Benue governor pointed out that countries like Ghana, South Africa and Kenya would not allow free movement by Fulani people except they have travel documents.
“That’s why we are complaining that the leader at the top should not fold his arms but also talk about this issue. He should also make efforts to show that he’s our leader,” he said.
Ortom said: “It is not balanced that way, and that is what we are saying. Didn’t they arrest Kanu who leads IPOB? They arrested him and I think he ran away, if not he would have been jailed.
“So why are they not arresting these people in the forests? Don’t we have Air Force, soldiers, police, and the DSS?
“Not too long ago, they went after the Eastern Security Network. It is an illegal thing, and I support the government to clamp down on them.
“But why should they clamp down on them alone? Why should they leave the Fulani people to carry AK-47, AK-49 and even big guns that soldiers, police, and the DSS don’t carry in this country?”
“Why should they do that only in the South? That is injustice,” he said.
He added: “Let everybody be treated the same way.
“The same way they are treating Kanu, IPOB and the Eastern Security Network, let them treat gun-carrying Fulani too that way. Why are they leaving them alone?”