- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state is unhappy with the presidency for criticising Bishop Matthew Kukah
- The politician stated that the government should allow Nigerians to express themselves in accordance with the freedom of speech
- Ortom said issues raised by Bishop Kukah are justified and should be addressed by the federal authorities
Makurdi, Benue state - Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has accused the presidency of politicising the views expressed by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah on the situation in the country.
However, Governor Ortom in a statement on Saturday, July 24, issued by his spokesman, Terver Akase, accused the federal government of intimidating Nigerians expressing concerns over the worsening security and economic situation in the country.
He said the presidential aides were launching media attacks on a clergyman who is only advocating peace and is drawing the attention of the global community to the plight of helpless Nigerians.
Ortom asked the federal government to arrest and prosecute members of armed Fulani groups for killing innocent Nigerians.
He urged the presidency to listen to the voices of reason and resist the temptation to whip into silence those who genuinely love the country.
Zamfara Governor says backs Buhari’s efforts to end insecurity
Meanwhile, Bello Matawalle, the governor of Zamfara state, has expressed confidence in the assurances made by President Muhammadu Buhari to end insecurity in the northern parts of the country.
According to VON, Matawalle in a statement he personally signed in Sokoto on Friday, July 23, said northern governors are committed to supporting the president’s efforts to end security challenges in the country.
He appealed to leaders to rub minds toward finding solutions and developmental path of progress of the nation.