Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has beckoned to Nigerians to call President Buhari to order before destroying the entire nation.
Ortom declared this during an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday, where he claimed that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda on open grazing is to ‘Fulanize’ Nigeria.
Kemi Filani recalls that Governor Ortom and President Buhari have been in a face-off recently over policy on cattle ranching as Ortom insisted that open grazing must be prohibited in the country, particularly in Benue State.
Ortom’s comment on Tuesday, triggered reaction from the presidency which accused Ortom of inciting ethnic violence, saying he is responsible for the surge in insecurity.
The presidency made the claim in a statement on Wednesday by Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu.
However Ortom in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase on Thursday said the presidency via its “unguarded comments” would one day plunge the country into more chaos.
The statement reads in part, “Governor Ortom urges the good people of this country to call the Presidency to order before it destroy Nigeria.
“If nothing is done fast to avert the impending disaster, armed herders, bandits and other terrorists will one day take over Aso Rock Villa and those occupying the Villa at the moment will willingly surrender to them and flee from the country.
“No day passes without reports of herdsmen and other terrorists killing defenseless Nigerians in parts of the country. The number of displaced people has risen to millions, yet, the Presidency wants everyone to remain silent while the country burns.
“Governor Samuel Ortom will not keep mute! Let it be on record that while the Presidency deliberately destroyed Nigeria, someone spoke against the evil.
“The Governor believes in the words of Dr Martin Luther King jnr:“If peace means accepting second class citizenship, I dont want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I dont want it. If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadning status-quo, I dont want peace. If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated polically, humiliated and segregated, I dont want peace.”
Channels Television has been issued a query by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over an interview granted to Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Tuesday where President Buhari was criticized.
Kemi Filani recalls that Governor Ortom had criticised President Muhammadu Buhari in an appearance on the broadcast station’s Sunrise Daily breakfast show.
“Mr President is pushing me to think that what they say about him, that he has a hidden agenda in this country is true because it is very clear that he wants to fulanise but he is not the first Fulani president,” he had said.
“Shagari was a Fulani President, Yar’ Adua was a Fulani president and they were the best in the history. But President Buhari is the worst president when it comes to issues of...