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Opinion: How Can This Nigerian Governor Ask People Who Voted Him to Defend Themselves?

Before his election as the executive governor of Benue State, his excellency Governor Samuel Ortom fully knew that herdsmen were killing People in the state. During his campaign Governor Ortom had promised to put a full stop to the killings of people by the herdsmen.

Even after his election as the executive governor of Bayelsa State, the killings by the herdsmen still continued.

In his bid to stop the killing Ortom at the early stage of his administration declared amnesty. Many youths of Benue State came and surrendered their weapons including the late Terwase Agwaza. Even after this amnesty, the killing by herdsmen still continued. The governor even threatened that anyone found with arms after the expiration of amnesty will be severely dealt with.


Now the governor is asking the people whose arms he had collected to defend themselves against the Fulani herdsmen. The question here is with which arms are they supposed to defend themselves? Is it the one he has collected from them? Or is the governor going to return the arms he earlier collected from them? Worse still is the fact that this same Governor has not paid the salaries and retirement benefits of the people he is asking to defend themselves. Are they supposed to defend themselves on empty stomachs?

The people of Benue State are indeed unlucky to have a Governor such as Ortom. Imagine a Governor asking his citizens to defend themselves? A job the governor was elected to perform to the people that elected him. This man is really confused.

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Bayelsa State Benue State Fulani Samuel Ortom Terwase Agwaza

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