From; Segun Babatunde in Bauchi
The Arewa Youths for Peace and Develooment has lambasted the Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom for calling Bauchi State Governor Senator Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir a terrorist.
The Chairman of the group Alhaji Salihu Magaji Mohammed stated this on Tuesday at Zaranda Hotel Bauchi , while addressing a Press Conference.
He said everyone in Nigeria knows Governor Bala Mohammed as a true nationalist who always defends the interest of the masses and oppressed, adding that to call him a terrorist is unacceptable,erroneous and unfair.
“We are demanding an unreserved apology to Nigerians by Governor ortom for fanning the embers of disunity in the Country for his reckless statements and actions.Governor ortom unguarded utterances is a cover up for his allegedly dastardly act of sponsoring thugs that maimed and killed many Fulani Herdsmen in Benue with the aim of fueling hatred and envy”
“He has no regard for the oath of office and for his own selfish interest, is moving in a wrong direction which if he is not careful may not finish well in office. By referring to a respected serving governor as a terrorist, he has displayed an act of criminality and thuggery in governance”
“He lacks respect for the office and status of the governor as well as the constitution of Nigeria.He is creating unnecessary tension when there is no need for it. Today, Benue is very insecure, everyday people are being killed,maimed and chased out of the state.The governor and his thugs continue to intimidate people, which is a gross violation of the fundamental human rights of the Nigerian citizen in the name of anti grazing laws”
“As a leader, you are suppose to have respect for human beings, protect them and provide social services to your people,not to be making reckless statements or abusing a Governor and his office with the aim to tarnishing his image and reputation.All these acts by Governor Ortom is to cover for his lack of performance through false allegations” he said
The Chairman said that Ortom’s accusations lately is a clear indication that he is an enemy of Nigeria as he is busy fighting Justice and peace of the country even as he called on the Benue State House of Assembly to commence impeachment process against Governor Ortom for violating the oath of office he swore to defend.
He said that the country needs competent, transparent, detribalised and resourceful leader with democratic credentials, pointing out that Governor Mohammed always speaks the truth no matter how bitter it is, in the best interest of the country.
“Governor Mohammed doggedness in addressing the numerous challenges confronting the nation was seen in his outstanding and impeccable performance as the FCT Minister for six consecutive years, which is yet to be surpassed till date.He is a man of integrity with a track record, that will not support crime and criminality, he can only give advise where necessary and say the truth no matter how bitter it is” He added. END