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The Publisher of a local newspaper, Mr. John Ikwulono has warned former Lagos State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, not to exploit the Agatu invasion by Fulani herdsmen for pecuniary and political purposes.
Mr. Ikwulono, an Agatu indigene and publisher of The Legitimate was reacting to Alhaji Tsav’s media statement that Governor Samuel Ortom’s visit to devastated Agatu communities was belated.
He described the statement as not only unfortunate but a ploy by the former policeman to earn more pay from his sponsors.
“How on earth would someone in his right senses claim that the Governor’s visit was belated when those who had lost loved ones were still mourning their dead?” he wondered.
“How could the visit be belated when those rendered homeless and who had returned were still sleeping in the open and were exposed to the vagaries of nature? How could the visit be belated when security threats still existed and a large section of the people was yet to return? What kind of thinking would make someone say the visit was belated when there was need for more relief materials for the displaced?”
The publisher asked whether Alhaji Tsav, who knew the best and prompt times for visits, ever visited Agatu land with as much as a loaf of bread to give anyone.
“If not, why would he say someone who brought succor to the affected communities came late?”
He said the former policeman had not acquainted himself properly with the situation in Agatu and that his desperation to earn his pay overwhelmed him to the extent of ignoring the plight of a people he never bothered to visit whether early or late.
“For us in Agatu land however, Ortom’s visit whether tomorrow, next year or two years hence will still be timely,” the publisher stated.
He stated that Governor Ortom, himself a victim of vicious Fulani invasion, cannot be perceived by any well-meaning Nigerian, much less a Benue indigene of the Tiv nation, to be insensitive to the plight of his people.
According to him Alhaji Tsav’s remarks amount to a desperate attempt to generate pecuniary and political capital out of an unfortunate situation.
“Since the inception of the present administration Governor Ortom has not rested in his search for a solution to the herdsmen problem,” he said
“He has had series of security meetings with relevant stakeholders including his Taraba and Nasarawa States counterparts to seek solutions; he has engaged high level diplomacy on the subject; he has sent high level delegations to visit areas affected by the Fulani malaise including Agatu land; the Deputy Governor of Benue State, Engr. Benson Abounu, who is from that axis has also visited the area.”
Mr. Ikwulono stated that the efforts have been a source of great comfort and assurance to the Agatu people who perceive the Governor as a concerned and caring father with the people’s interest at heart.
“For a man like Tsav to make such unguarded remarks about the Governor’s visit demonstrates a vicious desire to denigrate well intentioned government efforts, this can at best be described as cold comfort for a people in the midst of adversity.”
“Tsav would do better than to deploy his vast experience in security matters to cashing in on his fellow citizens’ hour of trial and need.”
His statement leaves much to be desired especially when one questions his personal contributions to the crisis.
Has he on his own or in company paid even a flying visit to the affected areas in the state? What relief or comfort has he offered affected communities given his enormous personal wealth and contacts?
“Tsav should take a cue from other well-meaning Benue indigenes who have joined the present administration in finding solutions to the myriad of problems besetting the state rather than seeking personal fortune out of social misfortunes.”
“For a man who lost his voice in the last eight years like Abubakar Tsav to have suddenly regained it in the last few months is highly questionable; we in Agatu advise the infamous Tsav to cast his eyes elsewhere to generate his capital.”

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