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Ortom meets Buhari behind closed door 3 days after he was attacked by suspected herdsmen

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Tuesday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.

The governors visit came 3 days after he was attacked by suspected herdsmen who are angry with him over his ban on open-grazing.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the closed door meeting with Buhari, Ortom stated that with the current level of insecurity in Nigeria, nobody would think of 2023.

“I want to also appeal to Nigerians. 2023, yes to a politician is not far, but it is still a long way. If we secure our country and everything is going fine, then we can talk about 2023.

“But the way things are going, if we don’t secure the country, there is no way we can be talking about 2023. For me, I want us as leaders of this country, we have taken oaths of office, let us abide by those things we have said and work together as a team; leave politics aside, leave ethnicity aside and secure the country. We have no other country than the Nigeria we live in.”

“I am aware that the security challenges in our country today are not about the President or we, state governors. They are about every citizen of this country, so we must work together to surmount them.

“I also want Nigerians to know, especially those who are responsible for making inflammatory statements, that we are sitting on a keg of gunpowder and everybody is not in doubt in Nigeria today, about the security situation.

“Without security, there can be no meaningful progress and so it is important to put heads together.

“Let’s do the things that are lawful; protect the provisions of the constitution of Nigeria so that everybody will be secured. Let there be equity, fairness and justice. That is what I stand for.”

Reacting to allegations that he could have stage-managed the attack on his convoy, Governor Ortom said; “We should know when to play politics and we should know when to team up together to work as a team to salvage the country. That is what I’m saying. Those who are saying that I faked the attack, what benefit do I have to come up and say that I was attacked?”

He noted that his government’s anti-open grazing law was not targeted at any ethnic group or individuals as being insinuated, adding that President Buhari accepted his suggestions on security situation in Benue State.

“I have been able to recommend some measures and most of them he (the President) agreed with: that nobody should be a sacred cow.”

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