Afenifere condemns Buhari’s reaction to attack on Ortom’s life

• Says response amounts to shedding crocodile tears

Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has condemned the statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari that the attempt on life of Benue State governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, by some yet to be identified people should not be politicised, saying the president’s reaction to the incident amounted to shedding crocodile tears.

The leader of the group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said this in a statement made available to newsmen, even as he sympathised with Governor Ortom over the weekend attack.

The Afenifere leader said President Buhari should desist from pretending that he was not aware Fulani kinsmen were the perpetrators of most of the killings the country had witnessed in recent time.

This was just as Chief Adebanjo recalled that the Buhari administration could neither apprehend perpetrators of the 2018 Agatu massacre in Benue State nor do anything to stem attack by herdsmen in the state.

According to the elder statesman, Buhari rather than take approximate action only told the embattled Governor Ortom to go and make peace with his neighbours.

“Rather than help the people of Benue, the president told an embattled Ortom when he approached the Presidency for help in 2018, rather cynically to go make peace with his neighbours,” Adebanjo said.

He further recalled that the Presidency looked the other way even when the then Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, flouted Buhari’s order to visit Benue following the 2018 killings.

The Afenifere leader pointed out that the recent admonition by the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, that Nigerians should begin to defend themselves was instructive, signalling a failed state.

According to him, the myriad of intractable crisis bedevilling the nation appeared to have overwhelmed the president who he said should urgently consider resigning from office.

Chief Adebanjo, however, said it was time state governors were given full charge of security in their states, pointing out that this becomes imperative as no outsider knows the house better than the landlord, even as he maintained that restructuring still remained the only way out of the doldrums for the nation if disintegration was to be averted.

“No outsider knows the house better than the landlord,” the elder statesman affirmed. Restructuring still remains the only way out of the doldrums for the nation if disintegration is to be avoided,” Adebanjo said.


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Afenifere condemns Buhari’s reaction to attack on Ortom’s life

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