Stop Shedding Crocodile Tears Over Ortom Attack, Afenifere Tells Buhari

 

Pan Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation, Afenifere, has also berated President Muhammadu Buhari over his statement that the attack on Benue governor, Samuel Ortom, should not be politicised.

 

Afenifere’s leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, said this in a statement to sympathise with the governor over the weekend attack on him.

 

In the statement titled, ‘Afenifere sympathises with Ortom over attack’, Adebanjo said “President Buhari’s reaction to the development amounted to shedding crocodile tears”.

 

He asked Buhari to “desist from pretending that he is not aware his Fulani kinsmen are the perpetrators of most of the killings the country has witnessed in recent time”.

 

Adebanjo expressed displeasure that the Buhari regime could neither apprehend perpetrators of the 2018 Agatu massacre in Benue state nor did anything to stem attack by herdsmen in the state.

 

“Rather than help the people of Benue the President told an embattled Ortom when he approached the Presidency for help in 2018 to go make peace with his neighbors,” Adebanjo added.

 

The Afenifere leader pointed out that “the recent admonition by the defence minister, Bashir Magashi, that Nigerians should begin to defend themselves was instructive, signalling a failed state”.

 

He added that “the myriad of intractable crisis bedevilling the nation appeared to have overwhelmed the President who should urgently consider resigning”.

 

The Afenifere leader also pointed out that it was time state governors were given full charge of security in their states, saying, “No outsider knows the house better than the landlord.”

 

Pa Adebanjo said “restructuring still remains the only way out of the doldrums for the nation if disintegration is to be avoided”.

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