A group, Arewa Youths for Peace and Development has lambasted Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom for calling his Bauchi State counterpart Senator Bala Mohammed a terrorist.
Chairman of the group Alhaji Salihu Magaji Mohammed stated this on Tuesday at Zaranda Hotel Bauchi, when he addressed a Press Conference,
Magaji said everyone in Nigeria knows Governor Mohammed as a nationalist who always defends the interest of the masses and oppressed, thus saying calling such a person a terrorist was unacceptable, erroneous, and unfair.
“We demand an unreserved apology to Nigerians by Governor Ortom for fanning the embers of disunity in the country, his utterances and reckless statements and actions,” Magaji stated.
The group accused Ortom of unguarded utterances to cover his allegedly dastardly act of sponsoring thugs that maimed and killed many Fulani Herdsmen in Benue State.
It accused Ortom of hatred and envy without regard to the oath of office he swore to defend.
“Governor Ortom is acting on his own selfish interest and is moving in a wrong direction that he may not finish well, when he called a respected fellow serving Governor a terrorist he simply displays criminality and thuggery in governance and a lack of respect for the office and status of Governor.
“Ortom lacks regard for the constitution of Nigeria” and he is creating unnecessary tension when there is no need for it. Today Benue is very insecure. Every day people are being killed, maimed and chased out of the state, people are being intimidated by the governor and his thugs in violation of their fundamental human rights as Nigerian citizens in the name of anti-grazing laws”.
*That is not the way to do it. A governor, is supposed to have respect for human beings, protect them and provide essentials social services them and, treat them with respect not to make reckless statements or abuse a Governor and his office with the aim to tarnish his image and reputations hiding under his lack of performance through false allegations to serve as a cover to him.
“This is a clear indication that Ortom is an enemy of Nigeria. Because he is fighting against justice, unity, peace and stability of the country”
Magaji called on the Benue State House of Assembly to commence the impeachment process against Governor Ortom for violating the oath of office he swore to defend.
He said the country is in desperate need of a competent, transparent, detribalised and resourceful leader with democratic credentials to move the nation forward and few who met these criteria like Governor Mohammed must not be pulled down.