- The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has disclosed what caused a political turbulence in the state
- Ortom said he was fighting for his people and as well looking for justice, equity and fairness
- He, however, noted that he has no intention to fight the powers that be or fight any individual
The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, said what caused a political turbulence in the state is that he was fighting for his people and as well looking for justice, equity and fairness.
Premium Times reports that Ortom noted that when he came to power in 2015, the killings in state and other parts of Nigeria had subsisted for several years and branded to be called herdsmen-farmers clashes.
He said: ''Well it’s unfortunate. What is happening here wouldn’t have been an issue in civilised society. But in Nigeria, it’s like we are challenged. When you stand to say the truth, when you stand to fight for equity, fairness and justice, it becomes a challenge to several people and that is what is playing out in Benue today.
''The whole thing is a result of fighting for my people; looking for justice. Equity and fairness are all that I demand. I have no intention to fight the powers that be or fight any individual.
''I came in 2015 and, of course, you are aware that the killings in Benue and other parts of Nigeria had subsisted for several years. From 2011 in Benue for instance, these killings were going on, branded to be what is called herdsmen-farmers clashes.
''Of course you have seen that of recent it is deeper that what we call herdsmen and farmers clashes. So for us, we look at it on the surface as herdsmen and farmers clashes and we decided to do some thorough work.
''We tried to analyse the issues and we concluded that if it is about herdsmen and farmers, what is it that is obtainable in South Africa, Switzerland and Kenya that you don’t have this kind of crisis? Globally, there is farming activities and cattle rearing but we have not witnessed this kind of destruction, killings and stealing that has been going on in Nigeria.
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''So we looked at it globally and we concluded that, in the 21st century the modern way of animal husbandry is through ranching and we felt that Benue state shouldn’t be an exception.
''We looked at it, we went through due process; presented an executive bill, went through the House of Assembly, public hearings were conducted and because of the sensitivity of it, apart from doing it in three senatorial districts, we did it in four, just to capture everybody.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Governor Samuel Ortom raised alarm, claiming he has intelligence report that some herdsmen were plotting to kidnap and kill him.
The governor said this during an interactive session with the church, traditional institution and other stakeholders towards peaceful elections in 2019, organised by the Makurdi Catholic Diocese.
Ortom claimed the intelligence report he received indicated that they plot to kill him along the Makurdi/Laafia highway. He said the supposed attackers are occupying parts of Guma local government area of the state waiting to strike.
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