The State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State on Saturday described the Minister of Defense, Mansur Ali as a “disgrace to democracy.”
The state Chapter of the party made the call in response to the statement made by the Minister of defense in defense of the killer herdsmen in the state and across the country whom happened to be of the same Fulani ethnicity.
Ali, had few days ago said the enactment of the Open Anti-Grazing law was responsible for the killing carried out by Fulani herdsmen across Benue and Taraba States.
Faulting the Minister’s claim, Chairman of APC in the state, Abba Yaro, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Ali for defending the Fulani herdsmen.
In a statement shared online which was signed by the party’s secretary, Peterhot, Yaro stressed that the Minister was an ingrate who once worked for the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Speaking further, he said “The Benue State Working Committee of our great party, All Progressives Congress led by the Chairman, Hon. Prince Emmanuel Abba Yaro, hereby states categorically that we read with utmost disgust the frivolous statement credited to the ‘supposed honourable’ Minister of Defense, Col. Mansur Muhammad Dan Ali where he reportedly told Nigerians and other members of the public that the attack on two communities in Benue that led to the death of over 70 innocent people and destruction of properties worth millions of Naira was as a result of the open grazing prohibition law enacted by the State Government.
“While we are still bewildered if the said statement truly emanated from the Zamfara born retired Military Colonel serving as our ‘supposed Defense Minister’, we consider this statement as a flatly ridiculous absurdity, and the highest level of public disgrace to democracy and the Nigerian populace.
“By this singular utterance, the Minister of Defense, Col. Muhammad Mansur Dan Ali (rtd) has unarguably displayed incontestable lack of the required sensibility and capacity to serve as Defense Minister in a country of over 180 million people with over 300 ethnic nationalities.
“We have therefore been constrained to believe that Mr. Mansur is a component unit of the perceived conspiracy against the good and hospitably peace loving people of Benue State.
“As an integral part of the country, Nigeria and as a State that gave President Muhammadu Buhari an edge in the 2015 general elections, we demand that Col. Mansur Dan Ali (rtd) resigns his position as Nigeria’s Defense Minister immediately and tender an unreserved apology to the good people of Benue State and the country at large.