Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has asked Nigerians to call President Muhammadu Buhari to order before he destroys the entire nation.
Ortom made the call in a statement on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, saying the presidency via its “unguarded comments” would one day plunge the country into more chaos.
The governor had said in an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday that President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda on open grazing is to ‘Fulanize’ Nigeria.
The presidency, through Buhari’s media aide Garba Shehu swiftly accused Ortom of inciting ethnic violence, claiming he is responsible for the surge in insecurity.
But Mr. Ortom responded in the statement, noting that “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.”
The statement read in part, “Governor Ortom urges the good people of this country to call the Presidency to order before it destroy Nigeria.
“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.”
President Buhari and Governor Ortom were once strong political allies, but both parted ways after the latter accused the president of not doing enough to stop the killings by Fulani herdsmen. Mr. Buhari is a Fulani.
Benue State has lost hundreds of its indigenes to killer herdsmen.