The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has lambasted the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, for allegedly attacking Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over his stand on security situations in the country.
The rights group, during a press briefing organized on Friday in Abuja to mark the 2021 World Human Rights Day, lamented that the Minister who is expected to protect the Benue people is “defending a well-orchestrated agenda of Fulanisation”.
According to the National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, the deteriorating security situation may consume all Nigerians including the Minister if actions are not taken to restore normalcy.
Akume, former Governor of Benue State, had, during a press conference, asked Ortom to tender an unreserved apology to President Muhammadu Buhari for using foul language when he called out the president for failing to address the security challenges currently rocking the entire nation.
HURIWA which lauded Governor Ortom for his courage to speak out on the state of the nation said the country would have been better if other governors emulated Ortom.
“It is so awkward that instead of using his good office and closeness to President Muhammadu Buhari to tell Mr President the naked truth about the atrocities being perpetrated by invading Fulani herdsmen militia against the Benue people, he rather chose to play the role of an errand boy desperate to change the narrative and misinform or mislead the Nigerian people on the true situation on the ground.
“Nothing can be more unfortunate and pathetic than a situation where a man who is looked up to by the Benue people as a father and patriot allegedly choose to stoop so low in alleged defence and promotion of a well-orchestrated agenda of Fulanisation, which will ultimately consume everybody, including himself, if not checkmated.
“HURiWA hereby throws her weight behind Governor Ortom. This is because Nigeria would have known peace if many governors were shouting against terror attacks by Fulani assailants and their sponsors.
“More so, if every governor had remained resolutely committed to providing security and wellbeing of their citizens as Governor Ortom and a few other governors are doing, the present security challenges would have been a thing of the past”, HURIWA added.