The Northern Governors’ Forum has waded in the feud between two of its members, Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi State; and Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue State.
Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, said this at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, in Abuja, on Thursday.
Both governors Mohammed and Ortom have embroiled in a public quarrel over the appropriateness of open grazing and Fulani herdsmen carrying AK-47 assault rifles for protection.
According to Governor El-Rufai, the differences in opinion “is not fundamental”, noting that the issue would be solved.
“I just left Kaduna, we had a meeting of the Northern State Governors, Bauchi State Governor, Benue Governor was there, it will be sorted out, it could be differences in option. It is not fundamental.
“We are all committed to solving the problem of movement up and down by the herders because once we solve that problem, the clashes between farmers and herders will reduce significantly.
“It will be sorted out, there will always be differences in opinion but not fundamental. The Northern State Governors Forum is committed to ending the nomadic movement of cattle and people in the shortest possible time and we are all working,” Governor El-Rufai told journalists.