Benue killings: Atiku group carpets ex-governor
Benue State former governor, Chief Paul Unongo, has come under
attacks by the South East chapter of Atiku Solidarity Movement 2019
following his allegation that the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was
behind the recent killings by the herdsmen in the state.
The group yesterday described the statement credited to Unongo as
unbecoming of a man who should be an elder statesman, threatening to take up full legal action against the former governor if he fails to apologise to the former vice president after seven days.
The South East Co-ordintor of Atiku Solidarity Movement
2019 and National Organizing Secretary of Dynamic Youths of Nigeria
(DYON), Obi Egbeji, spoke in Awka.
His words: “Our attention has been drawn to statements
credited to the former governor of Benue State, Chief Paul Unongo,
accusing our Principal, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, of master minding the
recent herdsmen killings in Benue State.
“It is indeed unfortunate that a man who should be respected as an
elder statesman chose to condescend to the level of a fifth columnist
and as a rumour monger by making malicious and undignified statements against one of the pillars of our country’s
democratic process in the name of Atiku Abubakar.
“It is indeed on record that President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against
terror has been unimpressive and smacks of an administrator, who appears to be overwhelmed by the challenges of his office.
“Instead of Unongo addressing the poor state of security occasioned by
the failure of the APC-led government to protect lives and property, he has chosen to name-calling and false alarmism.
“We hereby issue a seven-day ultimatum to Unongo for him to apologies
to Atiku and also withdraw his statements, because we have concluded
discussions with our legal team to sue him for slander and deformation
“We shall also carry out a five-million-man protest against Unongo and
his co-travelers in their shameless enterprise of peddling falsehood to the detriment of innocent Nigerians.”