Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State is one of the most outstanding and courageous governors in the country. He is known to be bold, confident and outspoken when it comes to issues concerning politics especially about the people of his state.
Samuel Ortom has not been the quiet type when it comes to the issues of national challenges especially the incessant killings of citizens by bandits and the marauding herdsmen. It will be recalled that the state of security in the country is in shambles and the safety of lives and property is not certain.
To this end, Gov. Ortom was bold enough to speak out at some point in time telling the Federal government to take heed while the sun shines. He was even bold enough to challenge his fellow governor who was trying to give a reason why Fulani herdsmen were carrying AK- 47 around.
Benue state under the leadership of Gov. Samuel Ortom was one of the first states in the country to make and start enforcing the popular anti-open grazing laws.
Just of recent, it was reported that the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore met in Yola, Adamawa State, and allegedly singled him out as a thorn in their flesh, who must be eliminated.
Just a few days after the threat, Gov. Samuel Ortom was attacked on his way to his farm when armed men opened fire on his convoy along the Makurdi–Gboko highway around 11am on Saturday. He was able to escape by a whisker with the help of God and the efforts of his security officials.
Talking to the press after escaping the attack on him, Gov. Ortom reinstated his commitment to the law on ranching in Benue while he also make bold to say that he will never be intimidated under any circumstances.
Now that it seems that some unknown assailants were after Gov. Ortom to attack him for reason yet to be determined, there is need for him to take some actions as fast as possible. Just as taking preventive measures is much better than the curative ones, Gov. Ortom is advised to take these necessary steps without much ado:
(1.) A Change or Reinforcement of His Security Details
Based on the situation at hand, there is an urgent need for Gov. Ortom to do something fast about his security details. There is tendency that an insider among the officers may have become an informant for the governor's enemies.
Gov. Samuel should either make a total over hauling of his security operatives or try as much as possible to reinforce them with necessary gadgets.
A stitch in time will surely saved nine for His excellency, the governor.
(2.) A Call For Security Summit In Benue State
Another urgent step that Gov. Ortom should take without any delay is having to do with the security of lives and property in his state.
Just as the governor is the number one security officer in the state, and he is been attacked, this is telling tales that the lives of the people of his states are at stake.
There is an urgent need for Samuel Ortom to call for a security summit in Benue state. All hands must be on deck by all security operatives in the state to beef up the security of the people.
(3.) Consult The Governor's Forum
Nothing should stop Gov. Samuel Ortom from seeking for concerted effort by consulting the governor's forum. He may first seek for the assistance of other governors in his region and/ or may consult the national committee of governors.
He may not be able to fight the battle alone hence the need for him to make a clarion call to fellow governors.
What other measures do you think Gov. Ortom should take for his safety and that of his people in Benue state to be sure?
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