Following cases of farmers-herders clashes in Benue state, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has reportedly called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign with immediate effect.
According to reports, Ortom, made this submission at a press conference at the Government House, Makurdi, adding that the President should hand it over to his deputy, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
The Governor remarked, “The APC-led government has completely failed to fulfil the promises it made to Nigerians in 2015. I was part of the people who elected President Buhari and we worked very hard for it.”
He disclosed that “I was part of those who worked for the President in 2015 based on the promises he gave to us that he would be the President for everybody and for nobody. But today, we have seen clearly that he is the President of the Fulani people as we continue to witness the level of nepotism going on in this country.”
He noted that “Every day you wake up, the Fulani, with the consent of the Federal Government, make life unbearable for my people. I know that it’s happening in other states of the federation, but I am talking about my state, where I’m elected as the governor to provide good governance and security of lives and property.”
He maintained, “The Federal Government has the coercive power to protect lives and property. States and local governments depend on the Federal Government, because it controls the security apparatuses.”
He indicated, “My people are mostly peasant farmers, who carry out their farming activities, but herdsmen have made life miserable for them.”
Ortom, however, made it known, “Let God help us, but we must act; we need action and my people have told me what to do and it is not for public consumption. But we will take steps to stop it; enough is enough. Benue people are not fools; we will defend ourselves and I will take the lead.”