Buhari Says Ortom Instigating Christians Against Muslims, Benue People Against Fulanis

Buhari Says Ortom Instigating Christians Against Muslims, Benue People Against Fulanis

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• Says Ortom’s actions causing Rwandan Style genocide.

• Accuses Ortom denying Fulanis their rights

The President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted angrily to statements credited to Governor Samuel that President Buhari ‘s government is seeking to impose a Fulani agenda on the rest of the country .Governor Ortom has also threatened to seek judicial adjudication over the plans by the  President to revise grazing routes.
In  his reaction which came throug the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, President Buhari has come out strongly accusing  the Benue State Governor as a man of few political principles and man  who has changed parties five time .He also accused  the Governor of stirring hatred for Muslims and Fulani Herdsmen which has led to loss of lives.
The reaction of the President which was signed by Garba Shehu reads:
“Governor Samuel Ortom has few political principles. We can see this from the fact that he has changed political party five times during his undistinguished career.
“Every time he feels the wind may be blowing in a certain direction, he follows it.
Particularly irked by Governor Ortom’s opposition to cattle routes and grazing reserves,President Buhari’s statement accused Ortom of engineering a Rwandan-style genocide against the Fulanis who are mainly herders in Benue by urging the Farmers to rise up against the herders
The President’s statement in part reads:
“Unfortunately, for the good citizens of Benue State, the most dangerous direction he blows in today is that of sectarianism and ethnicity.
“In an attempt to boost his sinking political fortunes, Ortom takes the cheapest and lowest route possible by playing on ethnic themes – and in doing so knowingly causes deaths of innocent Nigerians by inciting farmers against herders, and Christians against Muslims.
“Specifically, Ortom stirs up hatred by targeting one single ethnic group in Nigeria – using language reminiscent of the Rwandan genocide.
“As was the case in Rwanda where the then Hutu leaders of the country incited their countrymen against each other, claiming there was a “secret Tutsi agenda” over the Hutu, Ortom claims there is a “secret Fulanization agenda” over other ethnic groups in his state and in Nigeria. This is a copy of the language of Hutu Power – which falsely, and intentionally, accused the Rwandan Tutsi of plans to dominate the country.
The President’s statement further said accused Governor of cover up using  Ranching as a policy to deny Fulanis their rights and freedom 

“This wicked talk is aimed at giving cover to his so-called “policy” on the Ranches Establishment Law – which in reality is purely an act of denial of the law – intended to withhold rights and freedoms from one ethnic group alone, whilst inciting race hatred against them amongst all others..
Finally, the Presidency added that Ortom’s actions showed that the Benue State Governor could not be trusted with public office, the President therefore called on Benue people to ensue that the Governor is not elected to any position in the next election
“These are not the actions of a man who should be trusted with running public services or holding public office.
“For the governor of a major state in Nigeria to be politically driven by ethnic hatred is a stain on our country.
*The good, and fair-minded people of Benue State deserve more than this, and we look forward to the next elections when they have an opportunity to restore its greatness,the statement added.

The Full Statement

STATEMENT CONCERNING SAMUEL ORTOM, THE GOVERNOR OF BENUE STATE

Governor Samuel Ortom has few political principles. We can see this from the fact that he has changed political party five times during his undistinguished career.

Every time he feels the wind may be blowing in a certain direction, he follows it.

Unfortunately, for the good citizens of Benue State, the most dangerous direction he blows in today is that of sectarianism and ethnicity.

In an attempt to boost his sinking political fortunes, Ortom takes the cheapest and lowest route possible by playing on ethnic themes – and in doing so knowingly causes deaths of innocent Nigerians by inciting farmers against herders, and Christians against Muslims.

Specifically, Ortom stirs up hatred by targeting one single ethnic group in Nigeria – using language reminiscent of the Rwandan genocide.

As was the case in Rwanda where the then Hutu leaders of the country incited their countrymen against each other, claiming there was a “secret Tutsi agenda” over the Hutu, Ortom claims there is a “secret Fulanization agenda” over other ethnic groups in his state and in Nigeria. This is a copy of the language of Hutu Power – which falsely, and intentionally, accused the Rwandan Tutsi of plans to dominate the country.

This wicked talk is aimed at giving cover to his so-called “policy” on the Ranches Establishment Law – which in reality is purely an act of denial of the law – intended to withhold rights and freedoms from one ethnic group alone, whilst inciting race hatred against them amongst all others.

These are not the actions of a man who should be trusted with running public services or holding public office.

For the governor of a major state in Nigeria to be politically driven by ethnic hatred is a stain on our country.

The good, and fair-minded people of Benue State deserve more than this, and we look forward to the next elections when they have an opportunity to restore its greatness.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

August 25, 2021

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