The Presidency on Wednesday hit back at Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom over his ceaseless diatribe against President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of national security.
Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu accused the governor of promoting sectarianism and ethnicity to cover up his political shortcomings.
The chastisement came on a day a group cautioned the governor to discontinue with his criticisms of the Buhari-led administration.
According to the Presidency, Ortom, with his utterances, has been inciting ethnic and religious hatred in his state, thereby stirring up a Rwandan-like crisis.
In a statement, Shehu, who is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said Presidency also accused the governor of deliberately escalating the farmers’/herders’ clashes and causing more deaths in the Northcentral state.
The statement said the Benue Anti-Open Grazing Law was crafted to rob a particular ethnic group in the state of its rights.
Ortom chose the path of festering ethnic and religious wounds among the people in the state because of an alleged exclusionist agenda, Shehu claimed in the statement.
He said the governor concealed the agenda in the Ranches Establishment Law.
The statement reads: “The said Ranches Establishment Law is a ploy to withhold rights and freedom from the targeted ethnic group.
“Governor Ortom has few political principles. We can see this from the fact that he has changed political party five times during his undistinguished career.