BENUE State Governor, Samuel Ortom has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of jettisoning the vision of the nation’s founding fathers which was hinged on unity and oneness and instead is pursuing an ethnic agenda. Ortom said instead of bringing Nigeria together, the president had succeeded in dividing the country with intimidation and marginalization.
The governor, who said this yesterday in Enugu when he delivered a lecture at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, organized by the NUJ Chapel titled ‘Emerging Security Situation in the SouthEast: The Place of Good Governance,” noted that Buhari has abused power by not giving equal appointments and recognizing federal character. He said he does not hate Buhari or the Fulani but must speak in the face of marginalisation, intimidation and selective injustice, pointing out that the constitution must be respected. Ortom said for Nigeria to move in the path of unity and oneness, the people of Eastern Nigeria should be provided with adequate infrastructure.
“Eastern Nigeria deserves infrastructure and key appointments. Our founding fathers saw a vision of oneness and unity. “The present administration has instead employed intimidation. I, Ortom, will not keep quiet in the face of marginalisation,” he said, adding that he wants peace anchored on justice to reign. Ortom said whereas former President Goodluck Jonathan never threatened or intimidated anybody, under President Buhari, intimidation of dissenting voices in a democracy has been the order of the day. He lamented that it was Buhari who pushed out Jonathan with intimidation that if he does not win in 2015 “baboons and monkeys will be soaked in blood.
“Jonathan’s government never intimidated anybody but today, never in the history of the country has Nigeria been divided as it is.” Speaking on how bad things have degenerated under Buhari, Ortom said cost of goods and services had gone up to the extent that “if nothing is done, a dollar will exchange for N1,000. Ortom, however, pleaded with Ndigbo not to destroy infrastructure in their place since what they are destroying belongs to them.
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