NIYEM Condemned Statement Made By Governor Ortom Towards His Fellow Counterpart Of Bauchi
The Nigerian Youth Mobilization And Enlightenment Movement ( NIYEM) has strongly condemned the recent utterances made by the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom over his verbal attack and gutter language on his Bauchi counterpart, Sen Bala Mohammed over his statement regarding the civil rights Fulani Herder’s in the country.
In a statement signed by Comrade Sammani Sherif Baashir And Malam Yusuf Abubakar explain that the reaction by the Benue State Governor is considered unnecessary, proactive, callous, disheartening and irresponsible that is capable of heightening another tension that can aggravate insecurity, political tension and misunderstanding within the region.
The statement further explained that the Governor is becoming a more danger to the peace and political unity of the North. It’s better as a leader to be managing his words whenever he speaks rather than putting millions of people into disrepute and danger because of his reckless statement.
They Said “the recent happening of attacks and carnage against some Hausa traders in Shasha Market, Ibadan Oyo State whereby some alleged hired miscreants destroyed the livelihood of hundreds of Hausa traders leaving in Ibadan, Oyo State.”
According to the media reports, many lives and properties were lost during the attacks, the unfortunate incident will for long be remembered and condemn by any sensible and reasonable Nigerian due to how it was orchestrated and executed by unleashing hatred terror and destruction on the innocent traders in the Shasha market.
“Northerners aren’t safe in the north or even in the south as well. They have become target of injustice by many ethnic groups in the country. We are assuring all Nigerians that our stand is clear. We will never allow anybody in the region (north) to subject other ethnic groups to reprisals due to recent happening in Ibadan and Akure, Ondo State.”
“We will not subject our brothers from southwest that are leaving with us peacefully to any hardship because of the mistakes, mayhem and hooliganism of some miscreants in their ancestral region. Therefore, we urged all Nigerians not to allow provocation and incitement to divide our collective stand as a people. The attack on Hausa Fulani in Ibadan is too barbaric, unfair and disrespect to the Unity and cohesion of the survival of the country.”
“Yoruba should learn to be respectful the gesture of being tolerated by all other ethnics, as they scattered around the country. We must respect dignity and wellbeing of each other by giving shelter and protection to each other.”
NIYEM also seek the attention of other Northern Governors to emulate the leadership style of Bauchi State Governor Senator Bala Mohammed by standing firm on the issues affecting common interest of the Northerners through thick and rain.
It says his intervention and support to the victims after the carnage in Ibadan and role he played to douse the tension of reprisal attacks in the north has contributed immensely in bringing the leaders together that has resulted in the visit of some Governors to ascertain the level of damage and destruction made by miscreants on Hausa traders in Shasha Market and environs.
Also it added that the predicament that had bedeviled the forum due to recent unwelcome division and acrimony being generated as a result of unguided utterances, intolerance and lack of cohesion will create a lot of problem for the survival of unity of the great regand it’qs people.
Meanwhile, the statement demanded that the presidency to improve the allocation for acquiring standard weapons, training for the armed forces; provide enough manpower and training for the security operatives in the country.
NIYEM also urged the presidency to caution certain political officeholders, especially in the south west that are becoming so habituin making unguided utterances, seen as fashionable dangerous to the success of the war against insecurity in the country, because such utterances are capable of mocking our there country and creating confusion among Nigerians.
The leadership of the NIYEM also advised the minister of Defei, Brig Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (RTD), to urgently seek forgiveness from all Nigerians, especially those who lost their siblings as a result of attacks from Boko Haram and Bandits.
According to NIYEM, his views are like mocking and playing with sensibility of the future of our citizens, despite the failure of the Federal Government to protect lives and properties against such attacks.
Finally, NIYEM in the statement called on all peace-loving Nigerians irrespective of their primordial sentiments, to come together and play their roles towards having a stronger and uniting Nigeria where everyone is sale wherever he or she choose to live or transact business, because our nation cohesion is more important than any individual.