- Governor Ortom of Benue state said the people of the state have not known peace since January
- He said the activities of the militia herdsmen have destabilised the state
- He, however, commended the federal government for its renewed efforts in curtailing the attacks through operation Whirl Stroke
- Governor Ishaku of Taraba said there is something more than herdsmen behind the killings in the country
Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom has said the state has not known peace since January due to the activities of militia herdsmen.
The governor spoke on Tuesday, July 17, at a cocktail party organised to honour delegates and stakeholders attending the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) Rally and Conference holding in Makurdi, the state capital, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Ortom, who lamented the continued killing and displacement of thousands from their ancestral homes by suspected herdsmen, said he would continue to speak out and stand with his people until justice is ensured.
He, however, lauded the federal government for its renewed efforts in curtailing the attacks through operation Whirl Stroke, stressing that if the operation had started earlier, Benue wouldn’t have been where it is today.
NAIJ.com gathered that the governor also thanked his Taraba state counterpart, Darius Ishaku, and the Middle Belt Forum (MBF), for standing with Benue in her trying times, saying he was strengthened by their actions.
Ishaku said he and Ortom passed through the eye of a needle to become governor and were further bonded together by the similar challenges they were facing.
He said Nigeria’s constitution is defective because it has rendered governors incapacitated and ‘toothless maimed dogs’ by making them Chief Security Officers who cannot command the security architecture in their states.
Ishaku, who called for the restructuring of Nigeria, said there is something more than herdsmen behind the killings in the country, adding that if the federal government had wanted to solve the problem, it would take less than two months to achieve that.
National president of the MBF Bitrus Poga urged Benue people to be proud of Ortom, saying it takes courage to do what the governor was doing.
According to him, the governor’s bravery was equal to none and should be encouraged to continue to speak for the less privileged in the country.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Ortom on Monday, July 16, disclosed that he had been sent out of his present political party, All Progressives Congress (APC), and is currently exploring a new option to actualise his future ambition.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com and signed by Terver Akase, chief press secretary to the governor, Ortom stated this at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi while swearing in his special adviser on local government and chieftaincy affairs, Jerome Torshimbe.
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