Samuel Ortom, Benue State governor, has alleged threat to his life, saying his Bauchi counterpart, Bala Mohammed, should be held responsible if anything happens to him.
Ortom made the allegation while briefing journalists in Makurdi, the state capital, on Monday.
His accusation comes barely a week after Mohammed accused him of being behind the hatred against Fulanis in Nigeria while defending his earlier comment that herdsmen carry AK-47 rifles to defend themselves.
Speaking at the press conference, Ortom claimed that herdsmen had written a letter threatening him.
“I want to think that, with what he said and what those herdsmen wrote to me and said that they were going to assassinate me, Bala Mohammed is also part of it with what he has said.
“And if anything happens to me, I don’t want anybody to be in doubt, Bala Mohammed should be held responsible. Especially his last week outing after the condemnable remarks he made about Fulani carrying AK-47 and living anywhere in Nigeria.
“He came back to say Ortom is responsible for the hatred against Fulani men and I regard this as a way of vilifying me and profiling me towards assassination.
“He wants to instigate the Fulani people against me. I am not against Fulani people, they are in Benue State and they remain here”, Ortom said.
He called on the Bauchi governor to apologise to Nigerians over his comment defending armed herdsmen.
“I think the governor of Bauchi State, my brother, Governor Bala Mohammed should just come out and apologise to Nigerians,” he stated.