Al-Makura denied ever been a member of the Ombatse cult before parting ways due to its activities.
The governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura has said that he has nothing personal against the Eggons other than the activities of some of their kinsmen in the Ombatse cult.
The governor said this in a statement signed by Sani Mairiga, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Press Affairs and issued on Thursday in Abuja.
Mr. Al-Makura decried the activities of the cult, saying the issue was a source of concern to him and to the entire peace-loving people of the Nasarawa State. He said that the Eggon people were not discriminated against as claimed, adding that there were a good number of them holding important positions in the state.
“Among the 17 commissioners in the cabinet, three are Eggon, two Permanent Secretaries, the Head of the State Civil Service, the Special Adviser on Security Matters are all from Eggon. Other positions they hold include, the Director-General, Adult and Non-Formal Education Commission, Managing Director, Nasarawa Investment Board and the Head of the State Primary Heath Care Development Agency. These appointments are enough evidence to show that Gov. Umar Tanko Al-Makura is running an all inclusive government without bias,’’ it said.
The statement denied allegations that Mr. Al-Makura was a member of the Ombatse cult before parting ways due to its activities.
“The allegations are baseless and unfounded; it is strictly an Eggon affair. You cannot be a member or initiated into the Ombatse cult if you are not from the Eggons; they are trying to give a dog a bad name just to hang it,” the statement said.
The statement added that the activities of Ombatse militia were impeding the development of the state since November 2012 that the militia began its “nefarious acts of killing and destruction.”
It said that those found culpable of engaging in senseless killings and disturbing the peace of the people of Nasarawa State would face the full wrath of the law. It called on the people to be law-abiding and cooperate with the government in its effort to take the state to the promised land.
The statement also called on politicians eyeing the 2015 electoral positions to stop playing politics with human lives as “power belongs to God; and He bestows it on whosoever He wishes.’’