By Faith Igbudu
President General, Mzough u Tiv (MUT), CP Iorbee Ihagh, has said the appointments of the service chiefs is a lopsided one devoid of fairness.
According to him, the Tiv people who have fought tirelessly for the unity of the country and have been at the heat of crises, should also be given a chance to bring balance to the system.
He made this known recently, in an interview with The Voice in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, while reacting to the appointments.
He further charged the newly appointed service chiefs to be loyal to Nigerians and not to few individuals called cabal or a particular tribe, saying there is need to restore peace in the country, so that the common man can walk on the street freely.
He said, there is a lot of faith in the new service chiefs to bring about the needed change, as Nigeria already is sliding toward anarchy, a situation he said is not good for the nation.
“As they are coming in, I congratulate them, although I am not happy that no Tiv man made the list. I am not happy because a Tiv man has fought so well for the unity of this country and deserves to be compensated.
“They should now go straight and make sure that all the security challenges are addressed, stop taking sides with a particular people against another, we are all Nigerians. Let them work in a way that there will be peace because if there is no peace, Nigeria might not be there tomorrow. Go ahead and stop the killings in the country. We want peace,” he said.
“If we don’t take time, there is going to be a bigger crisis as we are dealing with herdsmen, Boko Haram, kidnapping, banditry and all manner of security vices going on simultaneously.”
He advised President Muhammadu Buhari to be a patriotic Nigerian, saying patriotism should serve as the guiding principle of his administration as he governs the affairs of this nation. He noted that doing so, will help the president prove to Nigerians that there is no hidden agenda different from the Nigeria dream which he is pursuing.
The President General of MUT said it is a good thing that people are becoming aware of the battle Governor Samuel Ortom started fighting in 2018 about herdsmen, commending him for taking the lead for a lasting solution to the herdsmen/farmers crisis, of which the southern governors have awakened to saying, “the Yoruba states are hundred percent right.”
“What Ortom did was the best for the country because in the 21st Century, you have your business, I have mine, yours should not affect mine and mine should not affect yours. He risked his life for saying the truth but that is the only thing that can help us.”