Samuel Ortom, Benue State governor, has said he does not have any issue with Fulani race, but bandits who have vowed to take over the country.
Ortom stated this on Saturday while speaking with journalists, following an attack on his convoy allegedly carried out by armed herdsmen in Makurdi, the state capital.
He was said to be visiting a farm when the attackers struck.
However, his security detail was able to repel them.
Ortom said he ran for “more than one and a half kilometres without stopping”, to escape the assault.
Benue is one of the states at the centre of Nigeria’s farmers/herdsmen clashes.
“I appreciate the security men attached to me. They were able to repel them and they could not have access to me. And thank God for my fitness to have ran for more than one and a half kilometres without stopping. It means that God has given me strength and I am grateful to God.
“I don’t have problems with any Fulani man or Fulani race. But I have a problem with Fulani bandits who have vowed to take over Nigeria as their ancestral home. And I say no. Not when I am here and when I am Governor leading my state. If I can’t go the farm as Governor, with the entire security around me, then who else can go to farm. You can imagine the pains that we have here in Benue State,” he said.