Tension as governors engage in war of words over Ortom’s advice to FG on insecurity

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El-Rufai: Ortom is not a serious fellow, distracting attention from his failures and owes civil servants several months salaries.

Ortom: El-Rufai is a religious and ethnic bigot, who breeds hatred among indigenes of the state, and says that Fulani people must retaliate any wrong done to them no matter how long it takes.

Kaduna State governor, el-Rufai has criticised the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, over his comment about a video clip which indicated that 70 lives was lost to violent killings at one of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Makurdi local government within two weeks of bloodshed.

Nasir El-Rufai berated Mr Ortom’s call to the federal government to rise up to their responsibilities on matters of insecurity saying “I know him (Governor Ortom) and he is not somebody I take very seriously, frankly. He has other issues of governance that he is using the Federal Government as a punching bag to distract attention from his failures.” One of the issues of governance el-Rufai mentioned was that Benue teachers and public servants are been owed many months’ salaries.

Governor Ortom, while reacting, called his Kaduna counterpart a religious and ethnic bigot “who has divided the good people of Kaduna against one another by his hatred of indigenes of the state on account of religion and ethnicity’, ‘who chose a Muslim deputy in a state where Christians have a huge population, is certainly not one to preach unity and peaceful co-existence’.

Ortom speaking through his spokesperson, Terver Akase, said Mr el-Rufai is not qualified to judge another on any issue whatsoever after “failing in several aspects as Governor of Kaduna state.’ In the reaction, Ortom alleged that El-Rufai has ‘said repeatedly that Fulani people must retaliate any wrong done to them no matter how long it takes.”

“We have not forgotten (how) El-Rufai … publicly supported terrorists attacking parts of the country. His statements on the abduction of Chibok girls and several other acts of terrorism are still fresh in our minds.’ says Terver Akase in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES .

“Nasir el-Rufai doesn’t possess the credentials to counsel anyone on payment of salaries and the welfare of workers. This is a Governor who recently sacked 4,000 workers for no just cause. He ought to be ashamed of himself. What happened to the lofty promises he made to Kaduna people in 2015?” The state’s quarterly security report says 323 persons were killed and 949 kidnapped in Kaduna in three months

He advised the Kaduna State governor to focus on addressing the “numerous problems” in his state.

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