- The Benue Youth Forum has condemned the selective ban the Federal Government has imposed on the Makurdi Airport
- The forum said the airport ban is not applicable to federal government officials and their agents
- They called on President Buhari to direct relevant agencies to reverse the restriction order on the airport
The Benue Youth Forum (BYF) has condemned the selective ban the Federal Government has imposed on the Makurdi Airport.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, December 6 by the forum's president, Terrence Kuanum lamented that the airport ban is not applicable to federal government officials and their agents.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct relevant agencies to reverse the restriction order on the airport.
Part of the statement read: “We have observed the selective ban the Federal Government has imposed on the Makurdi Airport against particular individuals and organisations while its agents and officials have continued to enjoy unhindered access to the airport.
“The impunity reached an unacceptable height a few days ago when Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi were forced to embark on a tedious night journey to Enugu to play the next day against Cameroun's UMS de Loum in the CAF Champions League.
“This was not the first time that the Federal Government had denied a visiting delegation landing rights at the Makurdi Airport. The other time, it was a United Nations team led by Ibn Chambas who was billed to engage Benue stakeholders on free and fair elections.
“We understand that the same ban on the airport has hampered the take off of the partnership between Benue state government and Air Peace Limited which was to commence a few months ago.
“BYF has observed amid disappointment that the airport ban is not applicable to federal government officials and their agents as they fly in and out of the state at will. This discriminatory policy should be condemned by all Nigerians.”
According to the group, the reason given that maintenance work is being carried out on the runway, “is another fallacy as no such work is ongoing at the airport.”
The forum alleged that Governor Samuel Ortom and other Benue state government officials have not had access to that airport for several months, following the embargo placed on it by the federal authorities.
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, direct relevant agencies to reverse the restriction order on Makurdi Airport.
“Nigeria belongs to all of us, so no part of the country should be treated as second class citizens,” the statement concluded.
Recall that the BYF recently raised an alarm over fresh alleged plot to impeach Governor Samuel Ortom.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, November 22, the forum's president, Comrade Terrence Kuanum, expressed shock over media reports alleging that the presidency and its agents in Benue state have hatched a fresh plot to impeach Governor Ortom.
The forum condemned the said plot and warned those behind the plan to shelve it, stressing that it will not succeed.
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