The Nigeria Governor’s Forum, NGF has condemned yesterday’s attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, describing it as shocking and a rude awakening.
The chairman of the forum and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi stated this on Sunday while empathizing with Ortom and the people of Benue State on the sad incidence.
It will be noted that gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Saturday at Tyo Mu along Makurdi/Gboko road in Makurdi Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Ortom described the gunmen as ‘herdsmen’, noted that about 15 of the attackers trailed him to the river bank where he was on foot.
In a communique by Governor Fayemi, he noted that all hands must be on deck to uncover the identities of those who perpetrated the act.
“The NGF wishes to state categorically that the attempt to make Benue State ungovernable is unacceptable and will fail woefully.
“Only recently the brother of one of the former governors of the state was mowed down in cold blood. This dishonourable and shameful act of resorting to violence, for whatever reason, to eliminate citizens of Benue State by brutal means must not continue.
“The NGF as a platform for all the 36 Governors will continue to encourage its members to stand firm in the service of their people regardless of the evil machinations of those who do not wish Nigeria well.
“Evil will not be allowed to triumph over good, not in Benue and not anywhere in this country,” the statement partly read.
The NGF chairman further said all governors will lend their voices to pray for Governor Ortom, insisting that perpetrators be brought to justice as their wicked acts will be uncovered, no matter how long it will take.
Governor Fayemi restated that the NGF prays for Governor Ortom and wishes him long life as his safety and that of all the people of Benue State continue to be paramount to the NGF.