Governor Samuel Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of only caring about Fulani herders, rather than being the president for all Nigerians. Ortom made the call while addressing a press conference in Makurdi on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 after recovering from Covid-19. He said: “Mr. President, in case you are listening to me, I want you to know that your people, Nigerians are waiting on your promise that you will be fair to all. You said that you will be for everybody and for nobody, but now it appears that you are for the Fulani people because nothing is coming from you to give the people confidence that you are their president. You are the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, you are not the president of Fulani, you are the president of everybody and I owe you a duty as stakeholder in this nation to let you know that what is going on in this country is wrong and has the potential of dividing the nation which will not be in the interest of anyone.” The governor wondered how armed herders rated the fourth deadliest terrorist group in the world are enjoying the protection of the federal government.

Governor Ortom added that he has asked the Federal Government to arrest the leaders of Miyetti Allah and to allow for the licensing of AK-47 rifles, so that Nigerians can defend themselves. He said: “The Federal Government must act fast because we are running out of time. There is general insecurity in the country and is being propelled by armed herdsmen and not until these people are arrested, we will not know peace. When I talked, I was castigated and vilified but the reality is here. It is not only in Benue State today but the entire country. I have made a petition to the presidency and to all security agencies before that if they want peace in Nigeria, the leadership of  Miyetti Allah must be arrested. These are people, who have taken responsibility that they have killed, maimed, raped and also carried out all sorts of atrocities, yet their leadership is in Abuja and nobody is confronting them. Why is the Federal Government silent about these Fulani people? When will the Federal Government come out to criticize and arrest herdsmen carrying AK-47? Are we second class citizens in this country? What makes a Fulani man superior to other citizens of this country? We are not their slaves and so the Federal Government must act fast. At a point in time, the Federal Government came out with a policy through the police that even those with licensed guns should surrender them to the police. My question is how many times has the presidency come out to condemn Fulani herders that carry AK 47 all over the place. That was why I called the Federal Government to license me and many others to have guns, to have AK 47 too. Because if I have AK 47 and the Fulani man is coming then we can fight each other. The Federal Government is biased and unfair. The failure of our security is caused by the Federal Government. They asked for the arrest of a Yoruba activist (Sunday Igboho) who stood up for his people but nobody is arresting the killer herdsmen. You outlawed IPOB for doing nothing but armed herders rated the fourth deadliest terrorist group by global terrorist index is enjoying the protection of the Federal Government. In fact, the Federal Government comes out to defend them when you have issues with them, but when they unleash Mayhem on the people, the Federal Government keeps quiet. When the governor of Ondo issued an ultimatum to herders, the presidency came out swiftly to issue a statement but when armed herders kill our people in Benue and other parts of the country, we never hear that kind of swift reaction. It is unacceptable.”

The Governor on Saturday, 6th February, 2021 called for the arrest and questioning of Garus Gololo, a self-acclaimed spokesman of Fulani groups, over alleged comments on Benue killings. Mr. Garus had alleged that Governor Ortom was sponsoring attacks on Fulani’s residing in Benue State. Angered by the allegation, the Governor demanded an apology and retraction. Terve Akase, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ortom in a statement said: “Contrary to the current claim of Gololo, there is no attack on Fulani person in any part of Benue State. All law abiding Fulani’s are living in peace with other Benue people. We therefore expect security agents to arrest for prosecution, this harbinger of mayhem whose only trade is raising false alarms to throw the society into crisis. Gololo is closely working with other enemies of the state and surely has questions to answer regarding the frequent attacks on innocent Benue people. In the meantime, Gololo has 48 hours to prove the accusation he leveled against Governor Ortom, failure of which he should tender a public apology to the governor or face legal action.”

  2. Follow us on twitter: @wakeupafrica360
  3. Follow us on Instagram: @wakeupafrica360
  4. Subscribe to our YouTube channel @WAKEUPAFRICA360TV

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.