Benue Killings: Governor Ortom Suspends Political Activities Over Continued Herdsmen Attacks

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has put on hold all his political activities until the ongoing killings by Fulani herdsmen in the state was brought to an end.

The governor, who declared that he cannot rule over dead people, lamented the incessant herdsmen attacks in the state, saying that his 2019 reelection ambition is now left in the hands of God as the mood in the state is conducive to embark on such exercise at the moment.

Governor Ortom who spoke at an emergency stakeholders meeting held at the new banquet hall of the Government House at the weekend said, “I have decided to withdraw from every political activities until this problem is over.

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“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”, he said.

He added, “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.”

According to Governor Ortom, “This issue is beyond party politics”, disclosing that “These people (Fulani herdsmen) are not coming for grazing but for occupation. It is not about grazing of cattle but about taking over the land.”

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