….. asks Buhari to repair broken image by fixing security
Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu will not like this. He has been described as a man whose loyalty is for sale and one who betrayed his benefactor for a pot of porridge. Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom spoke on Thursday while responding to an earlier statement credited to Shehu on the ongoing killings by Fulani herdsmen in his state.
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The governor also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to repair his battered image by fixing security in the country.
Shehu had described the governor as playing “ dog whistle politics” over claims that the federal government is not doing enough to tackle insecurity in the country. Ortom had alleged that security personnel told him they were instructed not to engage the herders in the state.
The governor made his stance known in a statement on Thursday, through his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur. He lamented that anytime he made any statement about insecurity, the president’s aides would rush to attack him.
Ortom: “If the presidency assumes that I am wrong about my statements regarding the failure of the present government to tackle insecurity, I urge them to hold a referendum to get the feelings of Nigerians towards their ineptitude, complicity and clear lack of commitment and sincerity in protecting the people.
“It is sad and unfortunate that the likes of Garba Shehu have zero sympathy for the families of those being killed daily by Fulani terrorists.
“As long as their meal ticket is secured, they tell Mr President to go to bed, that all is well with the country.
“Garba is a man whose loyalty is for sale to the highest bidder. He sings in high praise of the President today because that is his current source of livelihood.
“He will be the first to go against the President once the tables turn. He has done that before with other prominent Nigerians whom he served. A man who betrays his former benefactor for a new pot of porridge does not possess the moral right to question a patriotic leader like Governor Ortom.”
The governor expressed concern that Buhari’s administration descends hard on groups like the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but treats killer herders with “kid gloves”.
“If I raised a false alarm, why have the Fulani terrorists who are veiled as herdsmen continued to kidnap and kill Nigerians unchallenged?,” he said.
“How many of the terrorists and bandits have been apprehended and prosecuted? The Buhari administration cannot extricate itself from complicity regarding the evil visited on citizens of this country.”
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