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Stop Protecting Bandits, Boko Haram Insurgents – Ortom Fires Presidency Again

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has asked the presidency to stop shielding bandit terrorists and Boko Haram insurgents terrorising the country.

Naija News reported that the governor had labelled Buhari as the worst President to ever rule Nigeria, adding that the Nigerian leader is grossly incapable of managing the affairs of the country.

Reacting, the Presidency described Ortom as a very unprincipled man who is only motivated by the lust for personal gains.

But in an interview with BBC Pidgin on Saturday, the Benue governor asked the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to flush out bandits and Boko Haram members with immediate effect.

He urged the government to use the same zeal it used to arrest secessionist leaders like Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu, to hunt down the criminals.

Ortom also berated the Buhari-led government for failing to proscribe Fulani bandits as terrorists just like the way it branded IPOB as a terrorist group.

He said: “If the government has power to stop Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu, why don’t they have powers to stop bandits? All we hear is unknown gunmen.

“For me, I know it is Fulani bandits that are coming to kill us in Benue and our current leaders at Aso Rock in the presidency, have hands in all these that are happening.

“In fact, I was not the one who said it, even the Fulani bandits, they don’t want them to be addressed as Fulani.

“They should just be calling them bandits, but they have come out to say this government brought them in 2015. It is not something to hide.

“I’m not the one who said this alone, Obasanjo has said it too, even Sultan too. Didn’t you hear what Commodore Kunle said days ago?”

Governor Ortom stated that President Buhari does not need any proof of his allegations following the attempted attack on his convoy some mnoth ago.

He said: “Which proof do you want again? Why did the President not brand the Fulani bandits as terrorists just like the way it branded IPOB a terrorist group and the way it tagged Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho?

“The President knows what he is doing, there are good Fulani people and those who want the country to be at peace but the President does not want it to happen. When I talk, the next thing is to blackmail me.

“When I spoke on Channels TV a few days ago, it is been a while I spoke there, then the next thing I heard is that they are being queried because of my interview.

“Miyetti Allah sponsors terrorism, they get funds and they have taken responsibility for their actions.

“I have written a couple of times to the President. Another group, Fulani nationality movement attempted to assassinate me, I have sent these findings to the president.”

“All these things, the presidency has all my findings especially the handlers of the President.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.