Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Saturday referred to as on the Federal Authorities to cease intimidating patriotic Nigerians who increase concern over insecurity within the nation.
Ortom described as unlucky the response of the Presidency to the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah’s deal with to the USA Congress Committee on International Affairs relating to the wave of insecurity within the nation.
Kukah had in a digital deal with earlier than the American lawmakers faulted the dealing with of the safety state of affairs in Nigeria by the President, Main Basic Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
The cleric additionally accused Buhari of nepotism in key appointments, saying his regime favoured Muslims over Christians.
The governor, in a press release titled, ‘I stand with Bishop Kukah,’ issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, mentioned as a patriotic Nigerian, he would have mentioned comparable issues if he had been to handle the identical viewers.
The governor reminded the Presidency that Nigeria at this time was practising democracy which had no room for repression and dictatorship.
He defined that the nation’s Structure ensures the liberty of speech to all residents, “in contrast to a navy regime which suppresses the best of the folks to voice their opinions on challenges dealing with their nation.
Ortom mentioned Kukah was proper when he said that nepotism had been elevated above federal character by the current administration.
The assertion learn partly,
“He (Ortom) expects the Presidency to fairly be fearful that Nigeria is ranked as probably the most terrorised nation in Africa with a median of over 2,000 deaths per 12 months on account of terrorism. He emphasises that the combative method the Presidency has adopted in partaking residents on points won’t remedy the issues confronting the nation.”
The governor mentioned Bishop Kukah was not the primary Nigerian to handle a international viewers on the safety state of affairs within the nation, recalling that in February 2015, Buhari, was on the time the candidate of All Progressives Congress when he delivered a speech at Chatham Home in London, the place he mentioned, “Boko Haram has sadly put Nigeria on the terrorism map, killing greater than 13,000 of our nationals.”
The assertion added,
“The President went on to announce to the world on that event that aside from the Civil Battle period, Nigeria had by no means been extra insecure within the nation’s historical past.”