"You Failed Woefully, Record Speaks for Itself": Ortom Hits Back at Buhari Over Insecurity in Nigeria, Benue

"You Failed Woefully, Record Speaks for Itself": Ortom Hits Back at Buhari Over Insecurity in Nigeria, Benue

  • President Muhammadu Buhari has been accused of failing Nigerians throughout his tenure as president
  • The allegation was levelled against the president by the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday, April 20
  • Ortom noted that a recent comment by Buhari's spokesperson was an indication that the current administration is backing herdsmen who have been on a killing spree in Benue state

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The governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for mocking his failed 2023 senatorial ambition.

Ortom, in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur and seen by Legit.ng, said the president and his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, are making futile attempts to twist events and history in Benue state.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Benue state, 2023 general election
Governor Ortom says killings in Benue by armed herdsmen have the backing of the Buhari-led administration. Photo: Muhammadu Buhari, Vanguard
Source: Facebook

Stating that killings by herdsmen in Benue state have the backing of the Buhari-led administration, Ortom said the comment made by Shehu on behalf of the president shows how much he has misled the government and Nigerian people in the last inglorious eight years.

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His words:

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"It is common knowledge that as the Commander-in-Chief, Buhari has empowered and emboldened the Fulani pastoralists in their expansionist agenda, including killings. It is equally a known fact that President Buhari has failed woefully in securing Nigeria, and Benue state in particular.
"It is on record that Governor Samuel Ortom has repeatedly pleaded with the Buhari government to intervene in the incessant invasion of Benue State by Fulani militias. The President sadly chooses to endorse the invasion and merely asks our people to learn to accommodate their neighbours who derive pleasure in killing and dispossessing them of their ancestral lands.
"What the Buhari administration has done to our people through the Fulani militants as confirmed by Shehu Garba is to spit on the graves of our compatriots mowed down needlessly by Fulani militia. We shall not forget these atrocities.

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"Besides unleashing Fulani killers on our people, the Buhari government denied Benue State any meaningful project in the last eight years, including the repair of federal government roads in the state, which are now death traps. We have tried in vain to find out the offence of Benue people, but we found none, except that our people are responsible, law-abiding citizens."

Buhari speaks on Ortom’s Senate bid, reveals why Benue people rejected PDP

President Muhamamdu Buhari earlier mocked Ortom over his failed senatorial bid.

Reacting to Ortom's loss, Buhari claimed Benue people rejected him because of his bad performance in the state in the last eight years.

In a statement by his aide, Mallam Garba Shehu, the president also accused the PDP governor of frustrating all the efforts Federal Government made towards solving the security problem in Benue state.

Save Nigeria Movement berates Ortom for advocating to postpone national census

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has been berated for calling for the postponement of the forthcoming national population and housing census.

The Save Nigeria Movement criticised the governor and described his call as highly insensitive, unreasonable and antithetical to Nigeria’s development.

The governor had recently noted that many Benue people were still in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and may not be eligible to participate in the exercise because they are not in their localities.

Source: Legit.ng

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