Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, in a statement through his Media Aide, Terver Akase has warned that with the rate that insecurity was increasing in the country, bandits and killer herdsmen might one day take over the Aso Rock Villa without any resistance and the current occupants would flee the country.
The Governor had accused the President of trying to “Fulanise” the country in an interview with Channels Television, over the President’s approval of the recommendations of a committee set up to review 368 grazing reserves across 25 states in the country.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, reacted to Ortoms statement by saying that Ortom is stoking the ember of violence with his comment as such comments was what caused the Rwanda genocide.
Ortom described the statement by Shehu, Ortom said: “The tone of the said statement shows the quality of the Presidency Nigeria currently has. They abandoned the message and went for the messenger.
“They can’t run away from their responsibility. They were brought to power to serve the country and not to oppress the people and suppress their freedom of speech.
“They are on record to have publicly promised during their campaigns before the 2015 elections that they would respect the rights and freedoms of Nigerians if elected. Sadly, what the people of this country have got from the current government is the opposite of that promise.
“The agenda of the present administration is to Islamize and Fulanize the nation like former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prof Kunle Olawunmi and other patriotic Nigerians have rightly said.
“Governor Ortom urges the good people of this country to caution the Presidency before it destroys 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 the country.
“No day passes without reports of herdsmen and other terrorists killing defenceless 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.”
“Let it be on record that while the Presidency deliberately destroyed Nigeria, someone spoke against the evil.
“Governor Ortom stands by his words that this is not the first time a Fulani man is President of Nigeria, and also that it is the first time the country has been divided on ethnic lines with lopsided appointments in promotion and celebration of nepotism, marginalisation and open repugnance of other Nigerians.
“At no time in the history of this country have impunity, blatant disregard for laws, sectarian as well as ethnic differences been fuelled by the government as we now see.
“For the information of Garba Shehu and his cohorts, Governor Ortom rose to become a Local Government Chairman, state Publicity Secretary of National Centre Party of Nigeria; state Treasurer of the All People’s Party; state Secretary as well as state Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party; National Auditor of the PDP; Minister of the Federal Republic and now a two-term Governor.” he concluded.