IDPs: Benue govt blasts Tsav over comments against Ortom



Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The Benue state government has blasted a former Lagos state police commissioner, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, over his derogatory comments against Governor Samuel Ortom on the IDPs issues, saying the the former Public Complaints Commissioner has no moral right to speak on the matter.

A statement signed by Tahav Agerzua, Former Special Adviser, Media and ICT to Ortom said that Tsav, an APC chieftain was supposed to use a better channel to pass his message across to the state government if truly he had a genuine concern for state matters.

The statement reads in parts: “Our attention has been drawn to media reports in which a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has criticised Governor Samuel Ortom for what he described as his politicizing the issue of the Internally Displaced Persons in the state.

“If Alhaji Tsav had a genuine concern on state matters there are better channels of communication with the Governor other than in the media. By resorting to the media, the former Police Commissioner is rather the one playing politics with the issue.

“This is not surprising as it has become apparent that his criticism is founded on partisanship and nothing else.

“Yet as a member of the ruling or governing party which controls the security agencies, it is the responsibility of his party and the federal government it controls to provide security for the lives and property of Nigerians and to cater for their general welfare.

“That the APC has failed to live up to its responsibilities the consequence of which is the sacking of thousands of people from their ancestral homes who have resorted to IDP camps is already an indictment on that party and its members.

“If the former Public Complaints Commissioner in Benue State had any conscience he should not have been the one to raise the issue of those displaced.

“More so that as a privileged Nigerian he has not shown his own contributions towards alleviating the plight of those affected.

“The Benue State Government has also taken Alhaji Tsav to court for falsehood and the matter is still pending.

“From the foregoing the retired police commissioner cannot be disposed to making fair comments on Governor Ortom and his administration.

“It is therefore apparent that Alhaji Tsav has ulterior motives for making his obviously partisan comments which include lobbying for favors from the powers that be”