Pan Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation, Afenifere, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of insincerity in his reaction to recent assassination attempt of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.
Specifically, Afenifere in a statement issued on Tuesday titled ‘Afenifere sympathises with Ortom’ faulted the president’s statement that the attack should not be politicised.
Signed by its acting Leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, the group in the statement said it sympatises with the governor over the weekend attack on him.
Adebanjo on behalf of Afenifere asked Buhari to “desist from pretending that he is not aware his Fulani kinsmen are the perpetrators of most of the killings the country has witnessed in recent time”.
The group also expressed displeasure that the Buhari regime could neither apprehend perpetrators of the 2018 Agatu massacre in Benue state nor did anything to stem attack by herdsmen in the state.
“Rather than help the people of Benue the President told an embattled Ortom when he approached the Presidency for help in 2018 to go make peace with his neighbors,” Adebanjo added.
The Afenifere leader pointed out that “the recent admonition by the defence minister, Bashir Magashi, that Nigerians should begin to defend themselves was instructive, signalling a failed state”.
He added that “the myriad of intractable crisis bedevilling the nation appeared to have overwhelmed the President who should urgently consider resigning”.
The Afenifere leader also pointed out that it was time state governors were given full charge of security in their states, saying, “No outsider knows the house better than the landlord.”
Pa Adebanjo said “restructuring still remains the only way out of the doldrums for the nation if disintegration is to be a