“If you kill Ortom, then be prepared to bury Nigeria. If anything happens to Governor Ortom, the Federal Government will be held responsible, and they should be prepared that there will be no more Nigeria,” says Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike.
A barrage of condemnation, yesterday, trailed the attempted assassination of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, by gunmen surmised to be Fulani militias, along Tyo-Mu-Abetse-Gboko Road, in Makurdi Local Council of the state.
While Wike of Rivers State wants the Federal Government to be held responsible if Ortom is assassinated, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the police to investigate the attack on the governor’s convoy.
The incident, which happened between 10 and 11 am yesterday, as the governor was returning from a farm inspection in the area, saw militia herders, numbering over 15 and dressed in black attire, ambushing his convoy and opened fire on them.
“I thank God for my security men who repelled the attackers. I ran for more than one and a half kilometres without stopping,” the governor recounted.
The attack came a few days after 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. The governor alleged that he had received intelligence to that effect.
Ortom, who vowed never to be intimidated despite the attack, insisted that he would not repeal the Benue law on ranching.
A statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor, Kelvin Ebiri, quoted Wike, in his reaction to the attack, as stressing that if the Benue State governor is killed, the country could be plunged into another civil war, and there will be “no more Nigeria.”