Buhari blasts Ortom over allegation against Presidency

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

President Mohammadu Buhari this morning blasted the governor of Benue state, Mr Samuel Ortom, for wrongly accusing him in the media yesterday that he and the is behind the ongoing Fulani invasions in the state.

A confirmed source of the Protocol Department at the Presidency hinted Nigerian Concord that the president invited Ortom who had been in Abuja since yesterday to meet him at the presidential Villa this morning in order to substantiate his allegation that he has hands in the killings of innocent Benue farmers and their families.

Our source explained that the president called the Ortom for the meeting immediately a copy of the report where he was accused by the governor was brought to his table by his media personels.

Nigerian Concord gathered that the president didn’t hide his dislike for Ortom and his reckless style of governance immediately the Benue governor arrived his office for the meeting.

The president who was obviously angry as shown in the photo of where he was shaking and welcoming Ortom to his office told the governor to explain why he had to drag his name into the mud by telling the whole world that he is behind the massacre.

Furthermore, Buhari was said to have reminded the governor how many times he (Buhari) asked him about what he wanted the presidency to do to help his state to curb the herdsmen excesses but only for him (Ortom) to answer that his government (Benue State Government) was capable of curbing the killers.

The president, according to our source at the Protocol Department of the Presidency, reminded Ortom how many times he advised him against using his monthly N700 million security votes for personal use without mobilizing the various security agencies in Benue state despite its bad security situation.

According to our confirmed source, Buhari also reminded the governor how he had warned him to shun blame games and as well stop witchhunting the opposition leaders in Benue just to score political goals, and find a way to secure the state, pay salary and pensions as at when due, provide good and credible governance and also ensure accountbility.

The president also told Governor Ortom the negative effects which the insecurity in the state as well as his unguarded statement against the Presidency will have on the chances of the APC to win the state for him and the governor in 2019 consediring how everyone in the state is now against the APC government both in Benue and the entire North Central.

However, our source who was privy to all the details of the meeting between Buhari and Ortom confirmed that the governor who couldn’t offer a single response the all the president said only promised to cajole the Benue electorates so that they can once again repose their confidence in the APC government both in the state and at the national level.

Despite his promises, our source said the president angrily cut the meeting shot and told the governor to stop politicising every issue in the state.

It would be recalled that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state had yesterday said that President Mohammadu Buhari-led federal government is behind the ongoing Fulani Herdsmen killings in the state.

According to media reports, Ortom accused the Buhari-led Federal Government of ignoring the state’s persistent calls to curb the activities of the herdsmen who operate under the Miyetti Allah cattle rearers association. President Buhari is the life patron of the association.

Speaking further, the governor further accused the federal government of allowing the perpetrators of the attacks and their leaders to have their headquarters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Ortom accused the Federal Government of not doing anything over herdsmen’s attack in Benue, revealing that the authorities were notified over threats to attack the communities but nothing was done.

His words: “The security in Benue State is doing its best. It is not that the perpetrators are not known. They are known, and we’ve been reporting them.

“They are coming from other parts of the country to attack us. But their headquarters and their leaders are in Abuja. And it’s not that they did not inform us; we were threatened and we reported this to the authorities, the security authorities of this country, and nothing has been done”