Herdsmen crisis: You are President of Nigeria, not Fulani, Ortom slams Buhari
MEWSMAN, Makurdi – Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for his lethargy and failure to call Fulani herdsmen terrorising Nigerians to order.
He said Buhari is the President of Nigeria not the President of the Fulani tribe where he hails from. Ortom also noted that Buhari pledged to be the President of everybody and nobody in 2015 and therefore should serve the interest of all Nigerians.
The governor, who spoke at a press conference in Makurdi on Wednesday after his recovery from COVID-19, urged the President to act fast, adding that no Nigerian is a second class citizen or slave to the Fulani people.
At the conference, Ortom lambasted the Presidency for calling for the arrest of popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, who issued a quit notice to herdsmen accused of abductions, rape, destruction of farms, and others in the Ibarapa area of Oyo and enforced same.
The governor said the Presidency kept mum when herdsmen kill and maim Nigerians but was swift to order the arrest of persons who resisted the criminal activities of the killer herdsmen.
He said, “When I talked, I was being castigated, I was being vilified, nothing bad that was not said against me, I am this and that but the reality is here and it is not just happening in Benue State today, it is happening in the entire country.”
“You are the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, you are not the President of Fulani. You are the President of everybody and I owe you a duty as a stakeholder in this nation to let you know that what is going on is wrong and this has the potential of dividing this country which will not be in the interest of anyone –some of us believe in the unity of this country” he added.