Saturday, 20 January 2018

APC Gov’s Visits Benue, Says its Unwise To Make Political Gain from Situation As Ortom Says There is Relative Calm

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Governors under the platform of All Progressive Congress led by Kashim Shettima of Borno state came on condolence visits to Benue state in other to have first-hand situation of developments that led to a pocket of violence activities through herdsmen attacks that have almost enveloped the state.

Speaking at the event, Governor Kashim who led the delegation pledges the support of their colleagues but was quick to add that it’s unwise to make political gain from the Benue situation. His submission may be connected to the south-south leaders visit to  Benue state wherein reaction, condemned every action of those involved in the dastardly act and equally frown at the level at which some APC governors were trooping to Aso rock in show of solitary to President Buhari's second term while Benue state is having serious security tension 

Governor Ortom, while responding thank the delegation, said there is relative calm but that the state is still under siege by Fulani herdsmen as pockets of killings by the Marauding group were still going on at a reduced rate.

Ortom maintained that with the threats constantly issued by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, his people were living in fear, hoping that his colleagues would assist in putting a permanent end to the incessant attacks on his subjects by Fulani herdsmen.
He appealed to the Federal Government not to discard any security report sent to it by leaders in the society, adding that, “they are on the ground and know exactly what is happening within their domains because they get reports from their subjects on a daily basis.”
He said that he would forward the recent threats by the organization to the Federal Government and security agencies for appropriate action because they had earlier issued threats and they executed it on January 1, 2018.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Shettima said that they came to identify with one of their own over the unfortunate incident, stressing that anything that affected one of them affects all.
The Borno State governor further said that they shared in the pains as well as the grief of their colleague and his subjects. He promised on behalf of his colleagues that they would do everything within their powers to complement the efforts of the federal government in bringing lasting peace to Benue and the entire country. 

Other members of the delegation include governors Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa, Simon Lalong of Plateau and the Deputy Gov. Of Osun, Mrs Grace Laoye-Tomori.

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