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Ortom deserves commendation not condemnation – Benue govt blasts presidency

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The Benue State Authorities has slammed the presidency over the latest assertion which criticised Governor, Samuel Ortom for demanding a state of emergency on safety.

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DAILY POST remembers that Governor Ortom had on Tuesday, referred to as on President Buhari to instantly convene a Nationwide Safety Summit to debate and tackle the worsening safety scenario within the nation.

The governor had made the decision whereas addressing protesting youths at Abagena village the place Fulani militiamen killed seven individuals and injured many others throughout a midnight assault on Monday.

Reacting, the presidency, in an announcement issued by the Senior Particular Assistant to the President on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu on Thursday, faulted Governor Ortom’s name for the president to be proactive in curbing the deteriorating safety scenario within the state.

In line with Garba Shehu, Buhari was dissatisfied and unhappy over the feedback of Governor Samuel Ortom, whereas reacting to the quite a few killings within the state.

Nevertheless, the Benue State Authorities through an announcement issued on Friday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, mentioned Ortom deserves to be recommended for his actions.

The assertion reads: “We learn the assertion through which he mentioned President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed “his disappointment and unhappiness to listen to Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State made a litany of accusations in opposition to his individual and his authorities following the latest unlucky incidents within the state”.

”Shehu was referring to Governor Ortom’s clarion name on the President to behave decisively and in an unbiased method to finish the spate of killings by Fulani herdsmen in Benue and different elements of the nation.

“We’re satisfied that Mr President was not conscious that his aide Shehu made such an announcement on his behalf. The media aide didn’t communicate for the President within the mentioned assertion. President Buhari wouldn’t have permitted such a reckless and insensitive press launch.

“What’s incorrect with Governor Ortom’s name on the President to handle the nation, convene a nationwide safety summit and declare a state of emergency on safety, following the spate of killings happening in Benue and the remaining states of the federation?

“Governor Ortom shouldn’t be the one one who’s frightened by the worsening safety scenario within the nation and has referred to as on the President to rise to his obligations by declaring a state of emergency on safety and convening a summit to handle the quite a few safety challenges bedevilling the nation. Many different Nigerians of excellent conscience have at completely different occasions made comparable calls. What the Governor subsequently deserves is commendation and never condemnation.

“If Garba Shehu claims that the President is dissatisfied within the Benue State Governor for talking in opposition to the sustained assaults on his individuals, we surprise how he feels concerning the killings in North East, North West, South East, South West and different elements of the North Central. Are these killings occurring of the feedback of Governors of the affected states?

“It’s surprising that Shehu would make an announcement relating to an assault carried out by Fulani herdsmen and there gained’t be a single sentence of reproach directed on the violent Fulani herders. Such a deliberate omission smacks of complicity and tacit assist for the killer herders.

“Shehu is conscious that Governor Ortom has on a number of events raised alarm in opposition to actions of the rampaging herdsmen whose sole purpose is to take over the ancestral lands of Benue individuals and different Nigerians. The Governor has written letters to the Federal Authorities and made different spirited efforts to have the federal government on the centre take preventive measures in opposition to additional assaults on Benue communities.

“The Federal Authorities has repeatedly ignored such patriotic calls, insisting quite that cattle routes of the Fifties be opened to grant simple passage to the pastoralists and their animals.

“The posture of the Federal Authorities has made many Nigerians conclude that it’s complicit and its inaction has emboldened the armed herdsmen to trigger larger havoc throughout the nation.

“The President is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. The job of a Governor is to assist safety businesses to carry out their duties, and this, Governor Ortom has achieved effectively to the admiration of many Nigerians.

“When President Buhari gave a shoot on sight order to safety businesses in opposition to individuals bearing AK47, Governor Ortom was one of many first to assist the presidential directive. The Minister of Defence got here out just a few weeks later to counter the President’s order and we anticipated a response from the Presidency however until this minute, no such response has been heard.

“What Garba Shehu should know is that Governor Ortom has no private grudge in opposition to the President. The Governor is simply being patriotic by calling for justice, fairness, equity and above all of the rule of regulation. He expects the President to be the chief of each Nigerian and deal with all as his individuals”.

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