The Federal Government perhaps unaware of the real disturbing security situation in the country is still beclouded by shadow reasoning as it has again criticised the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, over what it thought and referred to divisive rhetorics capable of further igniting ethnic crisis in the state.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the Presidency on Media and Publicity, in a statement issued on Wednesday, August 25, in Abuja reasoned so even in the real face of threat and unmindful killings especially in the North.
According to Shehu, Ortom “takes the cheapest and lowest route possible by playing on ethnic themes; and in doing so knowingly causes deaths of innocent Nigerians; by inciting farmers against herders, and Christians against Muslims.
“Governor Samuel Ortom has few political principles. We can see this from the fact that he has changed political party five times during his undistinguished career.
“Every time he feels the wind may be blowing in a certain direction, he follows it.
“Unfortunately, for the good citizens of Benue State, the most dangerous direction he blows in today is that of sectarianism and ethnicity.”
“Ortom claims there is a ‘secret Fulanization agenda’ over other ethnic groups in his state and in Nigeria.
“This is a copy of the language of Hutu Power – which falsely; and intentionally, accused the Rwandan Tutsi of plans to dominate the country.
“This wicked talk is aimed at giving cover to his so-called ‘policy’ on the Ranches Establishment Law – which in reality is purely an act of denial of the law – intended to withhold rights and freedoms from one ethnic group alone; whilst inciting race hatred against them, amongst all others.’
“The good and fair-minded people of Benue State deserve more than this; and we look forward to the next elections when they have an opportunity to restore its greatness,’’ Shehu said.