Benue killings: Fayose attacks Buhari

…says Nigeria’s constitution on suspension under him

Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, has again taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent killings of some priests and other worshipers in Benue state.

He also described as “gloomy” the present situation in the Nigeria, saying Buhari is running a government in disregard for the law of the land.

Fayose, the main critic of Buhari’s administration highlighted concerns on the state of the nation.

He expressed fears that Nigeria was drifting towards a state of anarchy, calling on international community to intervene and rescue the country from turning to a war zone, where mass killings is a usual occurrence.

His reaction, which contained in a statement made available by his media aide, Lere Olayinka was to the killings of 18 worshipers and the two priests in Benue State allegedly by herdsmen.

He also said President Muhammadu Buhari’s withdrawal of $496 million from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) without approval of the National Assembly and the controversial arrest of Senator Dino Melaye is worriesome.

The outspoken governor contended that the level of force deployed at Melaye was needless, noting that such would have brought killings in parts of Nigeria under control if deployed to that area.

He said, “If half of the level of aggressiveness being shown by the Police on the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye because of seeming concocted allegations is shown on the killings by herdsmen across the North Central States and other parts of the country, the rampaging killer herdsmen that are even killing policemen would have been brought under control.

“It is alarming and curious that Father Joseph Gor, one of the Catholic Priests that were murdered in Benue State today, raised alarm on January 3, 2018, through his Facebook account on the occupation of Mbalom community by herdsmen. Yet, the priest was killed!

“Why is the federal government allowing this seeming ethnic cleansing in Benue and other middle-belt States, such that President Buhari and the entire members of his government do not see the wanton killings as anything to be worried about?

“When did Nigeria degenerate to the level that people can no longer worship peacefully in their churches or go to their farms?

“When did Nigeria become a state of anomie where people are killed even after raising alarm that there was threat to their existence?”, the governor queried.

On the illegal withdrawal of $496 million from the Excess Crude Account, Governor Fayose said; “One day, this federal government will even stop releasing statutory allocations to States and Local councils.

“They are behaving as if the constitution of the country is already suspended and this should worry lovers of democracy in Nigeria.”

He said it was alarming that “despite that Local Councils in Ekiti State were in court, challenging the federal government decision to withdraw $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account and the Attorney General of the Federation had already entered appearance in the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1264/17 that came up for hearing before Justice Binta Nyako on Monday$496million was taken from the Excess Crude Account.”

The governor, who described the President’s action on the illegal withdrawal from the ECA as an insult on the National Assembly and the Judiciary, added that; “Only the National Assembly and the judiciary can save themselves from being turned to a non-existing institutions as already being done by the President.”

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