Tiv elder to Dan Ali: You are not fit to be a Defence minister, you are an illiterate
Minister of Defense Mansur Dan Ali has been described as “illetretae and unfit” to be Nigeria’s defence minister.
Edward Ujege, President General of Mdzough U Tiv made the outburst while speaking to selected journalists on the recent comments by the minster that the anti open grazing law be suspended in states where it is operational in order to bring to an end the raging conflict between farmers and herdsmen.
The Tiv elder said it was unfortunate that the minister does not understand that the constitution empowers the National Assembly and the state governments to make laws for the benefit of people that are there.
“That man is an Illiterate who is not qualified to be a Minister. He doesn’t know how to respond to issues. He is not current with what is happening in the country. Out of the 36 states in the country, three-quarter is being ravaged by herdsmen, do those other people have the laws enacted in their state? For instance in Plateau, Nassarawa, Kaduna, Zamfara, Ondo and Enugu states where there are killings, do they have the law? That is why I said the man is an illiterate and not current with what is going on.
“We don’t have arms and don’t intend to in Benue State. I think our God is heavier than those with arms, we are telling the government now that we have a God and he will fight for us. We don’t have AK-47, we don’t have the money to buy them,” he said.