Lamido Sanusi, the deposed Emir of Kano, and 52 other unnamed individuals, according to Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom, are allegedly plotting to kill him.
According to The Site News, Ortom made the accusation while speaking at a news conference on Thursday, asserting that Sanusi is stirring up opposition to him among members of the Fulani ethnic group.
According to the governor, the deposed Emir wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari in a desperate attempt to set him up for hatred, vilification, and attacks.
Ortom said he had been accused of carrying out genocide against herders noting that Sanusi also made a video urging the Fulanis to consider him an enemy.
He stressed that since the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law was signed in 2017, he has escaped seven assassination attempts adding he is not afraid of Sanusi as well as his conspirators and would not be intimidated by any of them.
He said: “My attention was drawn to a write-up signed by 52 personalities of Fulani extraction led by the deposed Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi in form of a letter to Mr President in which the group leveled all manner of accusations against me in a desperate attempt to set me up for hatred, vilification and attacks.
“The group maliciously accused me of carrying out genocide against pastoralists. The dethroned Emir Sanusi did not stop at that. He made a video in Hausa in which he maligned me and called on all Fulanis to consider me as their enemy while urging those in Benue State to vote against me during the coming elections.
“I consider these allegations and blackmail targeted at my person and the Government of Benue State as part of a grand conspiracy by enemies of the state to eliminate me.
“Since 2017 when we enacted the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, I have escaped seven assassination attempts. Those behind the evil plots have not hidden their motive. They have made me an enemy for choosing to stand with my people and defending their rights to life and freedom.
“Fulani herdsmen attacks on my people in the last couple of years have caused a devastating humanitarian crisis resulting in the killing of over 6,000 Benue people and the displacement of about two million others with many living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.
“Let me tell the dethroned Emir of Kano Lamido Sanusi and his conspirators that I cannot be intimidated by any of them. I hold the mandate of Benue people and my allegiance is to my people in respect of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which gives states as federating units, the power to enact laws for the good governance of their people. I have nothing personal against the Fulani”