Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, who is a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria has condemned the attempted assassination of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, saying that Nigeria is going through the worst of times as a Nation.
Mailafia made this known on Wednesday while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme, while reacting to the recent assassination attempt on Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, by gunmen.
According to reports, Mailafia said, “This attempt on the life of an executive governor and incumbent of a state is an attempted attack on the entire people of the state”. “Those who are trying to do this wicked thing need to understand the implication of what they are trying to do”.
Mailafia made it known that, “Benue people and the people of the Middle Belt will never ever accept this attempt on one of their sons. Nobody is afraid of these people but it is just that these people are given arms and allowed to move freely while the machetes that the ordinary people have are being dispossess from them, they are not even allowed to defend their homes and their families but we are glad that God saved the life of his Excellency, Governor Ortom”.
He revealed that, “This is totally unprecedented. This is the worst time ever in the history of Nigeria. You can’t even compare with Abacha’s time; Abacha’s time was a golden era compare with what is happening. You think Abacha would have tolerated all these? You can’t travel on these roads, killings everywhere, destructions everywhere”.
Mailafia made it known that, “World powers want to destroy Nigeria and what they have done is to come and meet some people and tell them, ‘You are born to rule’. There is an agenda (ex-President Olusegun) Obasanjo called Fulanisation and enforcement of one particular religion against the rest”.
“The world powers encourage them and tell them, ‘We are behind you, go ahead’. They provide the weapons and some local people buy into that idea and they begin a campaign of genocide because if you carry a heavy weapon and go into the forests, go into the ancient Savannah, you kill people, you rape women, what are you? You are committing genocide against the unarmed and defenceless”, he revealed.
Speaking about igboho, Mailafia said, “Let me make this point clear. Under our constitution, under our laws and by the precepts of international laws, global ethics, natural justice and equity, the people who are about to die have a right to defend themselves, so they (security agencies) will be wise not to go after Igboho. They should leave that man alone; he is a hero of his people”.