Don’t politicise my attack, Ortom tells Nigerians
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has urged Nigerians not to attach political colouration to his attack.
Ortom said this while addressing journalists after the State Security Council meeting at the New Banquet Hall of the Government House, Makurdi, yesterday.
He noted that he was not the first governor to be attacked in recent times.
He said, “The Borno State governor, who is an APC governor, was once attacked. It is me today; it may be another person tomorrow.
“What we need is that all of us should join hands together to stop this because our country is sitting on a keg of gunpowder (Sic) and we should avoid anything that can make it explode.
“Even when this thing happened, there were patriotic Fulani men who called, so it is beyond partisan politics because any life lost can never be restored.”
Ortom, however, insinuated that the Fulani Nationality Movement masterminded the attack adding that was not the first time it would threaten him and carry out the threat.
“In 2018 when 73 people were killed, FUNAM claimed responsibility. When people were killed in June same year in Plateau, FUNAM came out and claimed responsibility and now they have claimed responsibility.
“Two weeks ago, Miyetti Allah Kataore held a meeting in Yola and singled me out as the one creating problems for the Fulani race in Nigeria and I am not against anyone. Many of them live happily in Benue and are doing their legitimate business,” Ortom said.
While applauding the decision of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to investigate the matter, Ortom said he was waiting to be invited by the investigating team.
The governor on Saturday had said about 15 herdsmen, who were dressed in black, shot at him and his entourage on his farm, where he claimed that he had to run a distance of about 1.5 kilometres to escape.