The three main socio-cultural groups in Benue State have said that posterity will judge any Citizen of the State who will joined forces with enemies of the State to denigrate Governor Samuel Ortom and other Citizens in acts of betrayal.
The three socio-cultural groups who spoke through the President, Mdzough U Tiv Worldwide Chief CP Iorbee Ihagh rtd also advised those involved in the act of pull down syndrome to desist or face the wrath of law, saying they can’t afford their arms to watch and hear unguided utterances against the Governor who is fighting ceaselessly against all odds to ensure peace.
According to them “Men of courage like Governor Ortom who have chosen to serve as the voice of the voiceless deserved commendation rather than condemnation.
“We have watched in disbelief, the organized and sustained campaign of hatred and vilification being sponsored in the media against the Benue State Governor, by enemies of the State. No day passes without one press statement or another targeted at tarnishing the image of the Governor and his office and we want to state clearly that we are solidly behind our Governor’
“We as leaders of the three main socio-cultural groups in Benue State – Mdzough U Tiv, Opiatoha K’ Idoma and Omi Ny’Igede, want to make it abundantly clear to those casting aspersions on our Governor that they are up against the entire people of Benue State. Any attack on Governor Ortom is an attack on all of us”
According to him “Let it be on record that Governor Samuel Ortom has the mandate of Benue people to speak on our collective behalf. He does not speak for himself. We popularly elected him on two occasions, 2015 and 2019 to be our Governor and he has discharged the responsibility efficiently”
“We the people of Benue State are satisfied with the performance of the Governor, this is why stakeholders in the state have on different occasions passed a vote of confidence on him. We don’t need anyone living in Abuja to school us on the Governor’s performance”
“The President General also warned those Peddling rumour that the Governor hates President Muhammadu Buhari that is why he sees nothing good in the President to desist, saying the Governor is a man who stands for justice, equity and fairness for all Nigerians, and this does not mean he hate the president when he is talking about what need to be done”
Chief Ihagh also lamented that, the Buhari led administration has so far demonstrated bias in its handling of sensitive issues bordering on national cohesion and his administration appears unperturbed about the increasing tempo of agitations for the breakup of the country.
He urged the Federal Government to be concerned and worried over the millions Nigerians who are displaced by killer herdsmen and are now living in makeshift camps across the Country”
“If Mr President had invested time, energy and emotions into addressing insecurity as he has done on the issue of providing cattle routes, grazing reserves and Ruga for herders, Nigeria under him would have gotten to its destination in terms of peaceful coexistence”