Ortom Tells Buhari To Set Nigeria Free From Terrorism
Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State, has pleaded with President Muhammad Buhari to protect the country from terrorists, kidnappers, and bandits.
The governor claimed that the president does not want people to talk about the issue of insecurity in the nation in a statement written and signed by his chief press secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, and provided to journalists in Makurdi on Thursday.
In response to the statement made by Garba Sheu, Senior Special Assistant to the President for Media and Publicity, Ortom lamented the painful truth that the president’s handlers consistently avoid discussing the reality on the ground.
The governor who was reacting to a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu asked the presidency to tell Nigerians steps been taken to end the unprecedented bloodshed perpetrated by armed Fulani terrorists in the country.
The statement read, “Each time I speak about the dreadful manner the Muhammadu Buhari administration has handled the security situation in the country, his media aides and hangers-on come out attacking my personality instead of addressing the issues I raised.”
“If the Presidency assumes that I am wrong about my statements regarding the failure of the present government to tackle insecurity, I urge them to hold a referendum to get the feelings of Nigerians towards their ineptitude, complicity and clear lack of commitment and sincerity in protecting the people.
“It is sad and unfortunate that the likes of Garba Shehu have zero sympathies for the families of those being killed daily by Fulani terrorists. As long as their meal ticket is secured, they tell Mr President to go to bed, that all is well with the country.
“Garba is a man whose loyalty is for sale to the highest bidder. He sings in high praise of the President today because that is his current source of livelihood. He will be the first to go against the President once the tables turn. He has done that before with other prominent Nigerians whom he served. A man who betrays his former benefactor for a new pot of porridge does not possess the moral right to question me.
He went on, “Shehu blew the opportunity to prove me wrong that I raised a false alarm about the worsening security situation in the country. Hundreds of our citizens are held captive by terrorists in the forests. I expected Shehu to tell Nigerians what efforts the Federal Government has made to release the hostages.
“Was it a false alarm from me that led to the terrorists’ attack on the convoy of President Buhari in his home state Katsina? Or was it a movie acting when terrorists broke into Kuje Correctional Centre right in the heart of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory and released their colleagues? It is unfortunate that till date, no officer has been arrested or questioned for the lapses and clear cases of complicity by the security operatives attached to the Kuje facility. There are reports of over six jailbreaks in the last seven years under the Buhari administration. If that is not a crying shame of failure on the part of the Presidency, we wonder what else qualifies as a failure.
“Everyone is aware how the Buhari administration descends heavily and brutally on other groups like Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) or Sunday Igboho who have been declared as terrorists with their members arrested and incarcerated but the same government treats Fulani terrorists with kid gloves.
The statement added that “Garba Shehu must be reminded that I speak the minds of most Nigerians on specific areas of incompetence or deliberate complicity by the Federal Government in the heinous crimes committed against citizens by armed Fulani herdsmen and other terrorists. Instead of taking me on those points, Shehu went chasing vain and mundane matters in a desperate attempt to malign me which he failed woefully. ”
“If I raised a false alarm, why have the Fulani terrorists who are veiled as herdsmen continued to kidnap and kill Nigerians unchallenged? How many of the terrorists and bandits have been apprehended and prosecuted? The Buhari administration cannot extricate itself from complicity regarding the evil visited on citizens of this country. The Presidency has failed the integrity test and should rather accept its failure, apologize to Nigerians and seek help to salvage the situation.
“It is clear that the loud-mouthed presidential media aide is unaware that other states such as Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto and even Katsina where the President comes from are under siege. Is that also my false alarm that has given rise to the killings in other parts of this country?
“In case the likes of Garba Shehu and his likes are not aware, majority of Nigerians wake up to face daily frustrations and live in constant fear of who will be the next victim of terrorists. Yet, self-serving individuals like the presidential media aide who live under the shield and paraphernalia of the Presidency and have apparently sold their conscience to the devil, want us to pretend that nothing sinister is happening.
For describing the governor, an “opportunistic politician,” Ortom who highlighted his political career, stated that no amount of blackmail, persecution and media attack can discourage him from speaking against the injustice and pain the present government has caused Nigerians.
He then advised the Presidency to focus on ending the killing of innocent Nigerians, fix the economy as it promised and stop the stinking corruption under their watch.
Suspected Herders Attack Village In Benue, Kill Five
Three women and two men were killed by suspected herders at different locations in the Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
Fidel Info reports that The first incident happened last Thursday at a location known as Udei in the LGA.
Four victims of the killings in Udei were said to have gone out fishing when they were attacked and killed by the suspects.
In the second incident that happened on Sunday at Njee in the LGA, one person was reportedly killed by the suspected herders.
One of the locals who identified himself as Anyamnhu told Punch that the last victim, Tyowooga Iorpuu, was killed on Sunday by assailants that raided Chongu village, Mbagwa -Mbawa, Daudu, in Guma LGA.
He said Iorpuu, 45, was survived by his wife, Mlumun, and five children.
Confirming the attacks, the Chief Security Officer, Guma LGA, Christopher Waku, who spoke on behalf of the Chairman of Guma LGA, Mike Aba, said three women and a man were killed in the first attack at in the Udei area of the community.
He said, “There were two incidents, one happened last Thursday at a fish pond. The deceased, three women and a man had gone to the fish pond for fishing between 3pm and 4pm but were attacked and killed by herders. The second attack happened in Chongu Village, Mbagwa -Mbawa, where one person was killed.”
BREAKING: Fire Guts Balogun Market
Popular Balogun Market on Lagos Island,, has been gutted by fire.
Fidel Info reports that information reaching us is that the fire affected a plaza in the market where Ladies’ shoes are sold.
Tinubu Opts For Thanksgiving Service For 71st Birthday Celebration
The President-elect of Nigeria Bola Tinubu, has called off the annual colloquium to mark his birthday and instead opted for special prayers and a thanksgiving service.
Fidel Info reports that the former governor of Lagos, who will turn 71 on the 29th of a March usually marks his birthday with a colloquium.
In a statement by His media aide Tunde Rahman, he said prayers would be held in Lagos and other parts of the country.
Rahman said the special prayers would be offered at the central mosque in each of the five divisions in the state including, the central mosque, Alausa, Ikeja.
“Also to receive prayers among others are President Muhammadu Buhari and first lady Aisha Buhari, president-elect, Tinubu, and his wife, senator Oluremi Tinubu, Vice-President-elect, senator Kashim Shettima, and Hajia Nana Shettima, governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, other state governors as well as members of national and state houses of assembly,” he said.
“This year, the president-elect said the date, which falls within the holy month of Ramadan, should be dedicated to prayers and seeking God’s guidance for him and the country as he prepares to take the reins of leadership.”
In 2022, Tinubu cancelled his colloquium following an attack on a Kaduna-bound train from Abuja.
“For me to be here celebrating, dancing, and enjoying myself, does not speak of me as a senior citizen of this country,” he had said at the time.
“I asked that the cleric should rather engage in prayers. This event should not be held
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