Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has suggested the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, to apologise to Nigerians for calling for the suspension of the anti-grazing regulation in some states.
The minister had referred to as for the suspension of the regulation which is operational in Benue, Taraba and Ekiti states.
Speaking on Tuesday at an occasion with the minister of agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, in attendance, the governor stated there ought to be warning by these in authorities as regards the disaster.
Ortom stated: “Honourable minister (Audu Ogbeh), only one factor, I’m a part of this authorities and I admire what this authorities is doing – so because the honourable minister of defence isn’t a member of NEC and you’re continually in NEC and you’re member of the federal government council the place different ministers might be there. What you might have stated is essential, there ought to have be a stage of warning.
“In a time like this, we ought to be delicate to what’s going on. When the younger man was making his remarks, he was actually shaking and it’s coming from the guts and that’s how most Nigerians are. I ponder if the minister has had time to learn the newspapers, he would have felt the sentiments of Nigerians for him calling for the suspension of a legit regulation.
“It isn’t ok, it’s casting the federal government in dangerous gentle and the minister of the federal republic ought to characterize the curiosity of Nigerians. He shouldn’t be the mouthpiece of Miyetti Allah in a battle involving Nigerians.
“Especially when it’s not your technical supervision. He ought to have allowed it to you the honourable minister of agric who has the accountability of managing this to say or making such inflammatory statements as a result of a lot of individuals learn totally different meanings to it. Coming from a safety council assembly and making such statements.
“Some people took it as the opinion of the security council. When he clarified it solve some problems – he needs to apologise to Nigerians.”