The Benue State Authorities has slammed the presidency over the latest assertion which criticised Governor, Samuel Ortom for demanding a state of emergency on safety.
DAILY POST recollects that Governor Ortom had on Tuesday, referred to as on President Buhari to instantly convene a Nationwide Safety Summit to debate and handle the worsening safety scenario within the nation.
The governor had made the decision whereas addressing protesting youths at Abagena village the place Fulani militiamen killed seven individuals and injured many others throughout a midnight assault on Monday.
Reacting, the presidency, in an announcement issued by the Senior Particular Assistant to the President on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu on Thursday, faulted Governor Ortom’s name for the president to be proactive in curbing the deteriorating safety scenario within the state.
In line with Garba Shehu, Buhari was disillusioned and unhappy over the feedback of Governor Samuel Ortom, whereas reacting to the quite a few killings within the state.
Nevertheless, the Benue State Authorities by way of an announcement issued on Friday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, stated Ortom deserves to be recommended for his actions.
The assertion reads: “We learn the assertion during which he stated President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed “his disappointment and disappointment to listen to Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State made a litany of accusations towards his individual and his authorities following the latest unlucky incidents within the state”.
”Shehu was referring to Governor Ortom’s clarion name on the President to behave decisively and in an unbiased method to finish the spate of killings by Fulani herdsmen in Benue and different elements of the nation.
“We’re satisfied that Mr President was not conscious that his aide Shehu made such an announcement on his behalf. The media aide didn’t communicate for the President within the stated assertion. President Buhari wouldn’t have accredited such a reckless and insensitive press launch.
“What’s flawed with Governor Ortom’s name on the President to handle the nation, convene a nationwide safety summit and declare a state of emergency on safety, following the spate of killings happening in Benue and the remaining states of the federation?
“Governor Ortom shouldn’t be the one one who’s apprehensive by the worsening safety scenario within the nation and has referred to as on the President to rise to his duties by declaring a state of emergency on safety and convening a summit to handle the quite a few safety challenges bedevilling the nation. Many different Nigerians of excellent conscience have at totally different occasions made related calls. What the Governor due to this fact deserves is commendation and never condemnation.
“If Garba Shehu claims that the President is disillusioned within the Benue State Governor for talking towards the sustained assaults on his folks, we surprise how he feels in regards to the killings in North East, North West, South East, South West and different elements of the North Central. Are these killings occurring of the feedback of Governors of the affected states?
“It’s surprising that Shehu would make an announcement relating to an assault carried out by Fulani herdsmen and there gained’t be a single sentence of reproach directed on the violent Fulani herders. Such a deliberate omission smacks of complicity and tacit assist for the killer herders.
“Shehu is conscious that Governor Ortom has on a number of events raised alarm towards actions of the rampaging herdsmen whose sole purpose is to take over the ancestral lands of Benue folks and different Nigerians. The Governor has written letters to the Federal Authorities and made different spirited efforts to have the federal government on the centre take preventive measures towards additional assaults on Benue communities.
“The Federal Authorities has repeatedly ignored such patriotic calls, insisting relatively that cattle routes of the Nineteen Fifties be opened to grant straightforward passage to the pastoralists and their animals.
“The posture of the Federal Authorities has made many Nigerians conclude that it’s complicit and its inaction has emboldened the armed herdsmen to trigger better havoc throughout the nation.
“The President is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. The job of a Governor is to assist safety companies to carry out their duties, and this, Governor Ortom has completed effectively to the admiration of many Nigerians.
“When President Buhari gave a shoot on sight order to safety companies towards individuals bearing AK47, Governor Ortom was one of many first to assist the presidential directive. The Minister of Defence got here out just a few weeks later to counter the President’s order and we anticipated a response from the Presidency however until this minute, no such response has been heard.
“What Garba Shehu must know is that Governor Ortom has no private grudge towards the President. The Governor is just being patriotic by calling for justice, fairness, equity and above all of the rule of legislation. He expects the President to be the chief of each Nigerian and deal with all as his folks”.