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Benue Massacre: “I cannot be a leader over dead people,” – Ortom

(Rose Ejembi – MAKURDI)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that he is withdrawing from all political activities until the problem of herdsmen invasion of the Benue valley is over.

“I have decided to withdraw from every political activities until this problem is over. I cannot be a leader over dead people. 2019 is in God’s hand. This time, there is need for synergy, cooperation and unity among every Benue people across party lines.”

The governor who stated this during the emergency stakeholders meeting held at the new banquet hall of the Government House, in Makurdi, also urged all Benue sons and daughters to team up with his administration irrespective of their tribe, religion and political affiliation to bring to an end the incessant invasion of Benue communities and mindless killings of Benue people by herdsmen.

While noting that the issue at hand is beyond party politics, he said for the first time in many months, he had to personally call former Governor Gabriel Suswam and former Senate President David Mark to invite them for the emergency stakeholders meeting.

“Yesterday for the first time in months, I called the former governor, Gabriel Suswam and former Senate President, David Mark to inform them about the stakeholders meeting today but was told the former governor traveled out of the country. This issue is beyond party politics.”

The Governor who stated that he was not afraid of death in the course of the struggle stressed the need for Benue people to be united at this trying moment noted that the herdsmen were not coming just for grazing but to take over the land.

“These people are not coming for grazing but for occupation. It is not about grazing of cattle but about taking over the land.”

The governor revealed that already, additional troupes had been deployed to Benue even as the Deputy Inspector General of Police ((DIG) Habila Joshak has also arrived the state with a chopper for surveillance adding that a special anti terrorist force of the police whose operation would be beyond the shores of Benue State would be arriving the state on Saturday (tomorrow).

Various stakeholders who spoke at the meeting including former Senate President Ameh Ebute, Prof. David Iornem, Gen. Lawrence Onoja (rtd.), Chief Edward Ujege among others stressed the need for everyone to support the state government in the onerous task of bringing the incessant attacks by herdsmen to an end,


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  1. Azzo 5th January 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Very good Mr Governor. Very very good. If the Federal Government can no longer protect the lives and property of Benue people then the Benue people should begin to protect their lives and property whatever the cost. Good one dear governor. Every other states and or communities witnessing incessant invasion and annihilation should follow suit. No government, region, community, people, individual or persons have a monopoly of violence. If this message is not understood through weeping and frequent reporting then 100% sure it would be understood through proportionate reciprocation. Let the whole country boil and let us see who will cook the most.
    Very good my dear governor but you must understand that your predecessor believes quite strongly that you have a hand in his travails if not the initiator. You should beckon on the Tor-tiv and your other warriors in Benue land to rise to the occasion – period. May the souls of all those whose lives were gruesomely taken rest in perfect peace and may God deliver Benue from this continued invasion – AMEN!!!

    • susan 6th January 2018 at 4:20 am

      What is the Governor doing to protect his state? Take Lagos state and the Badoo killers for example, Ambode took action he did not call on the FG , he took charge with his commissioner of police and dealt with the situation. Why is the Governor of Benue state not dealing with the situation? what is he the Governor for? if he can not protect the citizens of Benue state.

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 5th January 2018 at 6:32 pm

    The Sword is the only answer. Existence securities and future of this territory natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics is non negotiable in which the last Fulani criminal terrorists, their criminal mercenaries nickname military, police etc must be be erased in this territory of the natives. It is Liberation of the natives, Freedom of the natives in 21st century world. God Is With Us!!!

  3. femidapo 5th January 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I thank God you are APC member. you and your cohort promised heaven and earth, you played politics with every thing to get to power, but you now see that it is not easy to govern in banana republic – Nigeria. How many people have been killed before Buhari.the chief security officer of Nigeria will intervain . More than 2000 people have lost their lives. What a country? He (Buhari) has stated campaigning for second term in officer – telling us that Nigeria is saver now than when he took over. And the stupid people will collect money from him and vote again for him. Poverty becloud people’s thinking!!!!Nigerians are now mature enough to make choices. I am so so grieved!!!

  4. Ezekiel Okeke 5th January 2018 at 9:25 pm

    I have repeatedly made it clear that as natives of this territory of the natives, do not wait for the enemy to attack, do not wait for the enemy to come back, do not move an inch backward on your God given native land. This is Political War- the only answer is the Sword. God Is With Us!!!

  5. Mercy 5th January 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Governor Ortom has finally got the message. The siege against Benue has never been about grazing, it is about occupation as I said earlier as the desert encroaches into the north according to Buhari.
    And before Enugu State or Ebonyi State begin to see it as Benue problem, these people are on the move and already have settlements in the whole of SE and SS, and it is only a matter of time before they unleash their mayhem on the indigenes.
    The Christians all over Nigeria should 3mbark on serious fasting and prayerfs. With God all things are possible.

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