- The Middle Belt Conscience Guard has cautioned the Benue state governor over various attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari
- The group urged Governor Ortom to focus on governance and not attacking President Buhari
- According to the group, Governor Bala Mohammed told Governor Ortom the gospel truth
The Middle Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG) on Tuesday, February 16, condemned the attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration by the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom.
MBCG also denounced the governor over the attacks and his letter to the president on farmer and herders relationship in Benue state.
In a statement signed by the secretary of MBCG, Alex Samuel, and seen by Legit.ng, the group warned the governor to focus on governance rather than inciting Nigerians against herders.
Alex described Governor Ortom's attacks on President Buhari and herders as uncomplimentary, satanic and a grand plot to orchestrate widespread public violence in Benue and Nigeria at large.
He said the governor's antics are aimed at diverting attention from President Buhari's effort to build lasting peace in Benue state.
According to Alex, Ortom capitalizes on the slightest opportunity to criticise Buhari whereas in his state people die daily of hardship and starvation.
He further advised the governor to concentrate on providing genuine leadership to the people who elected him.
"We advise Governor Ortom to listen to the voice of his colleague-governor, Alhaji Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state. He told Governor Ortom the gospel truth.
"He was very articulate and his reasons have no contradictions; it’s a voice of wisdom. If Fulani herders do not make preliminary arrangements for their protection, incensed vampires like Governor Ortom would finish them."
The group added that the governor uses President Buhari to cover his own failures in leadership and service to the people of Benue state.
Ortom warned the Bauchi governor to note that Benue indigenes in his state do not carry AK47 around.
He said that the comment made by Mohammed on the matter violates the law of the land.
In other news, the Foundation for Equity and Justice accused the governor of Benue state of always inciting religious and ethnic violence in the state.
FEJ said Ortom, who is a known "herdsman" wants to monopolize cattle business in his state.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.