The leadership of the All Progressives Congress in Benue State, led by its Chairman, Abba Yaro, has demanded the immediate resignation of the Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (retd.), for his “ridiculous, absurd statement aimed at bringing disgrace to Nigeria democracy.”
In a strongly-worded statement Saturday, the party said it read with utmost disgust the condemnable remarks credited to the minister where he reportedly said that the attacks on two communities in Benue State that led to the death of over 74 people and destruction of properties worth millions of naira were as a result of anti-grazing law enacted by the state government.
A statement by the Director of Publicity, Apeh Peterhot, on behalf of the state party chairman, described Ali’s stand as the highest level of public disgrace to democracy and the Nigerian populace, Punch writes.
The statement read, “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 Mansur Dan Ali (retd.) resigns his position as Nigeria’s Defence Minister immediately and tender an unreserved apology to the good people of Benue State and the country at large.
“As a founding member and major stakeholder in our ruling party, the APC, we are forced to question Mansur’s real motive and demand that he publicly explains to the party leadership why we should not consider his reckless utterances as a deliberate ploy to truncate the party’s victory in the 2019 general elections.
“Through his statement, as an insider, Mansur appears to have been contracted by the opposition to work against the APC.”
The presidency has so far remained mum in the wake of the backlash sparked by Dan Ali’s outrageous remarks.