The main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government as being responsible for causing division and hatred among Nigerians, and not Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
Recall that Mallam Garba Shehu, Presidential spokesman in a statement, had accused Ortom of stiring up hatred by targeting an ethnic group in Nigeria.
Reacting on Thursday, the opposition party through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the Buhari presidency has been planting seeds of discord in the country with hate language, divisive tendencies and unconcealed nepotism to the extent that Nigerians have become widely divided along all fault lines.
The party said that Nigerians have not forgotten how President Buhari, ahead of the 2011 general elections, declared that “if what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood”.
According to the party, it is rather alarming that instead of taking steps to address the killings and worsening insecurity in the country, the Buhari presidency is thinking of the Rwandan genocide while exposing its deep-seated detestation for Governor Ortom.
“Governor Ortom is a highly principled and forthright leader, who is loved not only in Benue, but also across the nation,” the statement said.
It called on Nigerians to hold the Buhari presidency responsible should any harm come to Governor Ortom or his family members.
“As a party, the PDP demands that the Buhari Presidency should come clean on its handling of insecurity in the country.
“This is particularly against the backdrop of its manifest failure to battle and rout out terrorists, bandits, kidnappers and marauders that have taken over our highways, forests, pillaging communities and killing Nigerians on a daily basis,” the statement added.