A former president of the Senate, Chief Ameh Ebute, has accused some respected politicians, serving governors and elder statesmen of leveraging on the famers, herders’ clashes to discredit the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
He made the accusation in a paper presented at a One Day International Conference on Good Governance and Accountability in Government organised by the Coalition for Civil Society Organisations for Change and Good Governance Tuesday in Abuja.
In his piece titled “Appraising 100 Days of President Buhari on the saddle and building a nation where justice shall reign,” Ebute gave assessment of the president’s second term so far.
According to him, out of desperation for power, certain well-known politicians have either taken to sponsoring violence or simply turned blind eyes to clashes around them for their selfish gains.
In the forefront, as stated by Ebute, is former defence minister who, he alleged, had “surprisingly remained mute despite the farmers, herders’ in his state, Taraba, because those affected are not from his ethnicity.”
Ebute also fingered the opposition for fuelling the wave of violence, going as far as allegedly sponsoring the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) – thus keeping to their vow to make the country ungovernable for Buhari.
Despite these conspiracies, Ebute commended the president for “remaining resolute and focused, holding firm to his transparent and accountable ideals.”
“It is no longer a secret that the various security challenges facing Nigeria predate the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. It is on the heels that before 2015, there had been insinuation in certain quarters about the sponsorship of violence as a means of achieving political, religious, and ethnic goals by elite politicians.
“These politicians whom in some instances are referred to as senior citizens or elderly political leaders have exploited ethnic and religious clashes to their advantage. A good example suffices in Taraba state where a former minister of Defence is silent over the killings in Taraba state because those being killed are not from his ethnicity.
“Most politicians hide under cover of farmers-herders’ crisis to perpetrate evil in the society. They arm and sponsor militia groups to wreak havoc. This much has been witnessed in situations where there has been a hasty ascribing any form of crime or criminality to a particular ethnicity or religion.
“However, some governors who have exhibited a high level of incompetence are still bent on passing the blame on President Muhammadu Buhari, whereas they are the chief security officers of their respective states and they draw security votes every month.”