Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate Minority Leader, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is pitting Nigerians against each other and pushing them to war due to the alleged nepotic nature and ethnic partiality of his government.
Abaribe, who represents Abia Central Senatorial District, made the allegation in his keynote address at 2021 law week of the Owerri Branch of the Nigeria Bar Association on Wednesday.
According to the federal lawmaker, Buhari’s “policy of nepotism bad sectionalism” has led to the high spate of insecurity and killings in all parts of the country, adding that the president is fuelling the disintegration of the country.
He claimed that the president’s purported favouritism towards people from his ethnic nation, the Fulani, has led the country to be on a freefall.
He said: “In my interactions with Nigerians across all divides and classes, you get the impression that Nigerians do not want to go to war. You also get the impression that Nigerians don’t want to be divided into many mini countries today.
“But, Nigerians are being pushed to the wall by two things: Nepotism and sectionalism of this government and ethnic triumphalism that is going on; importing people from outside Nigerian who come into this country and decimating people in this country and no effort is being made to tackle the problem because some people think they are of a particular religion or ethnic nationality.
“Under the watch of the present government, Fulani militia are on a mission of conquest all over Nigeria. By infiltrating and trying to take over every region of this country, we have had to witness killings of natives, women raped, farmlands destroyed, kidnappings of citizens all over the country and forests forcefully occupied.
“The security forces that should offer protection seem to rather act as if they are in collusion with the criminals and this invading army being treated with seeming indifference.
“Nigerians who bear the brunt of these attacks daily, lose hope in the idea of unity of the nation.”