Per week after killer herdsmen attacked the camp for Internally Displaced Individuals (IDPs) at Abagena on the outskirts of Makurdi, the Benue State capital metropolis, butchering to dying 7 individuals together with girls and kids, a view on the incident finally got here from the camp of Minister of Particular Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume.
His chief image-maker, Aondona Mkor, who goes by a number of and ever-changing workplace titles such that it’s tough to know by which to deal with him, yesterday churned out a scathing assault in opposition to Governor Samuel Ortom, as a substitute of a condolence message to these bereaved from the incident.
In a prolonged didactic piece concocted within the usually poor grammar and terribly faulty considering of the Akume media man, the whole assault is even questioned amidst different unhappy allegations and insinuations.
Mkor, enjoying the position of a miniature Garba Shehu, cynically poured scorn over the unlucky incident, questioning why Governor Ortom had rushed to the scene of the assault and accused Mr. President of not doing sufficient to guard residents, even casting doubts over the involvement of Fulani herdsmen within the crime.
Akume’s man additionally questioned using safety votes by the governor and submitted that his fixed criticism of President Buhari has made it inconceivable for Mr. President to cease the killings in Benue.
For readability, solely probably the most excessive type of bigotry will lead anybody to query the involvement of Fulani herdsmen within the Abagena assaults the place victims had been butchered within the trademark style of the nomadic killers.
But it may very well be understood that the identical type of determined sycophancy from Akume is at play right here which has enslaved him into defending always the atrocities of these kinsmen of his grasp, the president, together with declaring publicly on a number of events that it’s the Tiv who’re killing each other and never the nomads.
On safety votes, if not out of mischief, the image-maker of a former governor ought to know that safety votes are an merchandise of expenditure budgeted and overseen by the State Meeting, which software is structured to the varied safety businesses and wishes as could come up once in a while, a lot of that are unexpected.
It’s a factor of coverage devolving from the federal, state to the native authorities that owing to the fragile nature of safety operations, expenditure on most, if not all, of the problems dealt with, could maintain confidential and below the oversight of the legislature.
These are info Akume should have enlightened his media man about, since himself as governor by no means for as soon as printed expenditure particulars of his safety votes, identical method his grasp, Mr. President, has by no means performed, neither has any governor or president presently or earlier than performed.
Is Governor Ortom responsible of antagonising Mr. President and displaying him disrespect by calling on him to rise to his sworn accountability to guard the lives and properties of the Benue folks? The reply to that is already being supplied by the swelling ranks of Nigerians, lowly and extremely, throughout political and non secular divides, who’re becoming a member of the Benue State governor in his name that President Buhari should take management of the safety state of affairs within the nation which is spiralling dangerously uncontrolled earlier than it turns into late.
However come to think about it, ought to a president be excused from failure to carry out him lawful responsibility on the argument that he has been antagonised and disrespected by requires him to carry out such responsibility?
Has Governor Ortom not expressed gratitude to Mr. President for the siting of tertiary establishments of studying within the state? Wasn’t it solely not too long ago that the Everlasting Secretary of the Ministry of Training, Benue born Arc. Sonny Echono, led a delegation from the Ministry to parley with the governor over these establishments?
However even when, within the view of Akume, the governor’s present of gratitude isn’t enough, what regulation would he Governor Ortom have violated by not writing a “thanks” letter to Mr. President over the board appointments and different issues he’s accused of not displaying gratitude for?
Are these tenable as excuses for Mr. President’s failure to guard Benue folks from killer herdsmen?
However as soon as once more, former Governor for 8 years, former Senator for 12 years and now Minister for near 2 years, GSM George Akume, who comes from the identical Benue North-West (Zone ‘B’) Senatorial District as these poor victims of the Abagena slaughter, and who certainly represented them on the Senate, has sided with their killers as he has at all times performed, neither visiting with the bereaved nor as a lot as saying a phrase of consolation to them.
Bemgba Iortyom is the PDP Publicity Secretary in Benue State and will be reached at 08035948148