Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s purported indifference to the violence perpetrated by marauding Fulani herders was born out of self-centredness.
Ortom made this assertion during the commissioning of the headquarters of the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards, BSCVGs, in Makurdi.
In the outgoing governor’s account of the 8 years of Buhari’s administration, it was marked by failure with evident insecurity, corruption and poverty, saying the outgoing President was deaf and dumb to vicious attacks on law-abiding citizens by marauding herders because of his plan to go into herding cows at full blast on leaving office.
His word, “I served under the then President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration and we all saw how Nigeria flourished under that administration. We all knew what the prices of foods and services were at the time.
“We also know what our exchange rate was at the time and what it is today. I want Nigerians to do a simple comparison and you will realise how bad it has been under this government and how Nigeria has been taken several years backward by the Buhari government.
“The fact is that never in the history of Nigeria did we experience this kind of bad governance in the country.
“Corruption is so endemic in this government yet people who steal chicken are thrown into prison but people in government who are busy stealing the wealth of the people are walking free.
“The President recently apologised to Nigerians; we accept the apology but he must be told that he failed woefully and Nigerians are feeling the impact of that failure because we are all suffering.
“The President told us he is retiring to tend to his cattle, is it because he is returning to be a herder that he failed to deal decisively with herdsmen? That was unfair to Nigerians.”