The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom on Thursday accused President Muhammad Buhari of promoting tribalism, nepotism, and sectionalism in all his appointments. The governor said this in Enugu during a lecture organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Enugu chapel, with the theme, ‘Emerging security situation in the South-East: the place of good governance” held in Enugu.
Ortom said the president’s appointments are constantly violating the principle of federal character as enshrined in the constitution, added that the lopsided federal appointments and other acts of tribalism, nepotism, and sectionalism had divided Nigeria more than ever.
The Governor said, “The lopsided federal appointments, nepotism, and other acts of sectionalism, particularly from 2015 to date, have divided Nigeria now more than at any other time in the country’s history.
“The Federal Character Principle as enshrined in the constitution has been abused and abandoned by the present administration. This is where leadership has failed Nigerians and good governance has also been relegated to the back seat.
“Eastern Nigeria, like other parts of the country, deserves equal attention with the provision of critical infrastructure and development projects, as well as allocation of resources and key appointments at the federal level.”
He also accused the Federal Government of fighting perceived opposition while at the same time looking the other way amid the killing of Nigerians by herdsmen.
“The present administration at the centre has adopted the approach of intimidation of those who dare to voice out their frustrations and concerns over growing insecurity and marginalization. But I, Samuel Ortom, will never keep quiet as long as injustice and marginalization prevail in the affairs of our country,” he said.
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