Benue state governor Samuel Ortom has placed his weight behind former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s call for a national dialogue on the current challenges that are shaking the nation.
He spoke on Saturday when he received the president of the Evangelical Church Win All, Reverend Stephen Panya Baba, of ECWA, in the House of Peoples of Benue, Makurdi, the state capital, according to a statement sent to GISTOK by his Press Secretary, Terver Akase. .
The statement says: “The governor urged President Muhammadu Buhari to convene a National Dialogue Forum in which Nigerians would speak frankly about the problems affecting the country, particularly insecurity and possible solutions.
“As an interim measure to put an end to the wave of threats and threats from different sections of the country, Governor Ortom recommended that security agents should not ignore the drums of war.”
Akase said that Governor Ortom further condemned the latest order that the Fulani pastoralist association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has given its members to defend themselves, describing the order as capable of causing unimaginable violence.
“The Governor asked himself why the group continually makes inflammatory statements but his officials are not invited to be questioned,” the statement added.
On the issue of Bené’s internally displaced persons, internally displaced, the governor urged the federal government to fulfill its promise to resettle those who live in several camps after pastors attacked the state last year.
He recalled that the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo had visited the IDP camps in May last year and announced that the federal government had allocated N10 billion for the resettlement of the victims of the attacks in Benue and other states.
However, Governor Ortom revealed that the federal government had not yet fulfilled the promise.
He said that the resources of the state of Benue had been overburdened in the management of the IDP camps, and affirmed that if the federal government redeems its promise, the funds would greatly help the state to return affected people to their ancestral homes.
Governor Ortom called for national prayers for peace throughout the country, expressing the hope that current security challenges will soon be overcome.
For her part, Reverend Panya Baba praised Governor Ortom, who said he stood firm with his people despite the security and political storm, and said it was an indication that the Governor is a leader who truly loves his people.
GISTOK recalls that Obasanjo in his last letter had said: “The government should open the debate, debate and dialogue as part of the consultation at different levels and the result of such deliberations should be gathered to form contributions in a national conference to reach to the solution that will address problems effectively and lead to rapid development, growth and progress that will provide us with a healthy society and a better standard of living and livelihoods in an inclusive and shared society. “