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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state/The Guardian Nigeria

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has described comments by Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, on his former aide, Terwase Akwaza alias Gana, as hypocritical.

Concise News reports that Ortom had accused Gana of causing mayhem and destabilising communities in Benue.

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The group made its position known in a statement signed by its chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and secretary, Casiddy Madueke, on Sunday in Abuja.

BMO notes that Terwase had been declared wanted by security agencies for his role in the herdsmen and farmers clashes and other crimes in Benue and other parts of North-Central states.

Furthermore, it states that Ortom had previously played politics with the security of the state by refusing to tell the truth about the true causes of the security situation in Benue.

The statement laments that the governor used the unfortunate events that took place in Benue to curry political sentiments in his favour. It adds that Ortom had celebrated the murder of Benue indigenes by criminal elements, with a parade of coffins and a jamboree burial which he couched as a Fulani massacre of Benue people.

The statement also says Ortom overtly created tension in his state and created division among the peace-loving people of Benue.

It adds Ortom fuelled a hate ideology that encouraged crisis in the state while diverting the mind of the people from the real issues of under-development, a product of his mismanagement of the state’s resources.

The statement says Ortom hid the fact of his relationship with two notorious militia leaders, Alhaji Teshaku who has been arrested for the massacre of priests and worshipers in a church, and Terwase Agwadza.

“It looks like a joke when Governor Samuel Ortom appears on television to accuse his former aide, who he once supplied with vehicles and security officials, of being the cause of mayhem in his State.

“When well-meaning Nigerians were asking him to turn over Gana to the security agencies he did not do that; “It is common knowledge that the same Samuel Ortom provided the fugitive with security cover, and rather used media stunts to blame the entire killings in the state on herdsmen clashes with farmers. So what has changed now? He has won his re-election and is tired of playing politics with serious security challenges? Or his relationship with Gana has gone sour?” the group asked rhetorically.

BMO states that it was public knowledge that Ortom had once granted Gana amnesty and protection, so much so that he (Ortom) was seen at Gana’s thanksgiving ceremony at Gbishe.

The group calls on politicians not to politicise evil because it worked in their favour, but rather expose evil and stand for truth and justice.

“Now look at Governor Ortom, finally acknowledging to the world that the monster he once bred is the one terrorising his state.

“If he had done the needful when he had the chance to turn Gana over to the police, this would not be the case right now,’’ the statement says.