The Benue Youth Forum has issued a 24 hours ultimatum to the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu to apologize to the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom over his recent comment against the governor.
DAILY POST reports that the president’s spokesman, on Thursday slammed Ortom for asking President Muhammadu Buhari to be proactive in curbing the worsening security situation in the country.
Ortom had on Tuesday urged the president to convene a Security Summit to proffer solutions to the incessant killings in Benue and other states across the nation by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Ortom spoke while addressing angry youths at Abagena following an attack in an IDP camp situated in the community which led to the death of about seven persons.
However, Mr Garba Shehu in a statement, said Buhari was saddened by the governor’s stance on the killings, stating that Ortom only sees other persons’ problems but fails to see his own.
Reacting, the Tiv Youth Forum, during a press conference organized by its President, Terrence Quantum described Garba Shehu as a Fulani megaphone employed to protect the interest of the Fulani herdsmen.
The group also called on the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Baba Alkali and the Department of State Service, DSS to arrest the Miyetti Allah militia and other Fulani groups.
The statement reads in parts: “We view such conduct as a direct assault on our collective sensibilities and a dance on the graves of those killed by Fulani herdsmen. Shehu or whatever he calls himself and his employers should know that no one is above the general interest of the state. We advise him to tender a public apology to the Governor and victims of the Fulani herders’ attack in Benue for his unguarded utterances within 24hrs.
“We urge the Inspector General of Police and the DG of DSS to immediately arrest the leadership of Miyetti Allah as chief sponsors of violence in Benue State.
“The international community is hereby invited to beam its searchlight on Benue to unravel and prevent the organized attacks on our communities by Miyetti Allah militia and other Fulani groups”.
“Shehu and his likes celebrate each time another Fulani man is given a juicy appointment by Buhari to the chagrin of other ethnic groups. The nepotism being witnessed under this administration is unprecedented, yet, the likes of Garba will never advise the President to retrace his steps before he plunges the country into a deeper crisis.
“He is a Fulani megaphone using the machinery of state to push a devilish plot of subjugation. Garba Shehu is one of those close to the President who have caused more divisions among Nigerians on ethnic and religious lines than any other administration before Buhari’s”.