The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the comment made on a private television station on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, describing the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, as a “drowning man.”
This, he said, was an insult to all the governors in Nigeria.
The governor said the police authorities must retract the comment and tender an unreserved apology to Ortom, the people of Benue State and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
Fayose said it was unfortunate, regrettable and a height of irresponsibility for the FPRO to have insulted a governor who represented one of the federating units in Nigeria.
He said, “It is now clear that the police have become an organ of the All Progressives Congress government, acting as if its only duty is to protect the interests of President Muhammadu Buhari and his allies.”
Fayose, who also condemned the police for declaring the spokesman for an ex-military dictator, General Ibrahim Babangida (retd.), Mr. Kassim Afegbua, wanted, asked the police whether there was any report by Babangida against Afegbua.
He stated this in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
Fayose said, “Rather than trying to gag Nigerians and acting as if it has become law unto itself, the police should go after the killer herdsmen and their collaborators.
“On whose complaints did the police declare Afegbua wanted? Did General Babangida lodge any complaint against him? Was there anything in the statement released by him that Nigerians do not know before now? Is it not true that President Buhari has looked the other way while herdsmen were killing Nigerians?”