Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom on Tuesday stormed the Presidential Villa Abuja to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on the insecurity in his domain especially the recent assassination attempt on his life by yet to be identified armed men. Speaking to State House Correspondents after the closed-door meeting, Ortom said he was in the Presidential Villa, Abuja to discuss security and economic challenges with Mr. President. The Governor however did not elaborate on the issues he discussed with the President but used the opportunity to debunked the notion that he stage-managed his assassination attempt.
“Those who are saying that, what benefit do I have to come up and say that I was attacked?“ My Security agencies, not all of them are from Benue state. You have Fulani people there, you have Hausa, you have Yoruba, you have Ibos who are among my Security Personnel with me on that day. So, what benefits do I have to gain by stage-managing an attack on me.“
“And so, leave those people, I see it as mockery. They are trying to mock me, but I pray that what happened to me should not happen to anybody else.“Because the truth of the matter is that we know what is going on round our country. We know that there are AK47 everywhere from North to East, South and West. And so, people are there. But it is amazing, even when FULNAM came out and even took responsibility that they were responsible for the attempted murder on me and some people are there trying to doubt that. I find it difficult to explain that.“When Miyetti Allah went to Yola and said that I’m their problem, they had planned whatever they want against me, because it was just last week, they held a press conference and came out to say that I’m their problem. And that the law prohibiting open grazing should be repealed. How can I repeal it? It is beyond me. It is not about Ortom, it is about Benue state and Benue people.
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