Armed herders, bandits will one day take over Aso Rock - Ortom warns

Armed herders, bandits will one day take over Aso Rock - Ortom warns
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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Thursday warned that the presidency's continued silence could, one day, spur bandits and armed herders to overrun the seat of power in Aso Rock.

This is just as he decried that the leadership of the country wants the citizens to remain silent while Nigeria burns.

WuzupNigeria earlier reported the public spat between the governor and the presidency over policy on cattle ranching as Ortom maintained that open grazing must be prohibited in the country, particularly in Benue State.

The governor had during an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday, said the agenda of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) on open grazing is to ‘Fulanize’ Nigeria.

Ortom's scathing remark triggered a swift reaction from the presidency spokesman, Garba Shehu, who accused Ortom of inciting ethnic violence, saying he is responsible for the surge in insecurity.

But Ortom is not one to shy away from such public spat.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase on Thursday, the governor disclosed that the presidency via its “unguarded comments” would one day plunge the country into more chaos.

The statement reads in part, “Governor Ortom urges the good people of this country to call the Presidency to order before it destroy Nigeria.

“If nothing is done fast to avert the impending disaster, armed herders, bandits and other terrorists will one day take over Aso Rock Villa and those occupying the Villa at the moment will willingly surrender to them and flee from the country.

“No day passes without reports of herdsmen and other terrorists killing defenseless Nigerians in parts of the country. The number of displaced people has risen to millions, yet, the Presidency wants everyone to remain silent while the country burns.

“Governor Samuel Ortom will not keep mute! Let it be on record that while the Presidency deliberately destroyed Nigeria, someone spoke against the evil.

“The Governor believes in the words of Dr Martin Luther King jnr: 'If peace means accepting second class citizenship, I dont want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I dont want it. If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadning status-quo, I dont want peace. If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated polically, humiliated and segregated, I dont want peace.”

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