Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

By Hope Abah, Makurdi

The Benue State coordinator of Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Garus Gololo, yesterday urged the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, to desist from making unkind remarks about his Benue counterpart.

Wike had in a newspaper story reportedly urged the federal government to impose a state of emergency in Benue State, following the Monday attack on Zaki Biam yam market, where many people were killed by yet-to-be identified gunmen.

Gololo told our correspondent in Makurdi that the Rivers State governor should focus on his state and “answer to the alleged election fraud levelled against him”.

“He should leave Ortom to do his good job in Benue State,” Gololo, who is also Special Assistant to Benue State governor on Fulani matters, said.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State had earlier in his response said that he would not join issues with his Rivers State counterpart, Wike, over his call for the imposition of a state of emergency in Benue.

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While addressing newsmen in Makurdi on the development, Ortom said he would leave the Rivers State governor to his conscience as his utterances over security issues were unbecoming of a leader of his status.

“I pray for Wike that God will help him to succeed as a leader. A leader should not say such things at this time. If Wike wants a state of emergency, he should first declare it in his own state. But I won’t join issues with him, I leave him to his conscience,” Ortom said.

Ortom added that his administration was on top of security challenges bedevilling the state just as he insisted that the market killings had nothing to do with herdsmen, but the handiwork of a wanted militia kingpin, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Ghana. He assured that the notorious gangster on whose head the state government earlier placed a N5 million bounty would soon be apprehended and urged people to give relevant information that could lead to his arrest.

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