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Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by InansBobo(m): 6:19pm On Mar 12
WHAT ORTOM TOLD BUHARI

On behalf of the Government and good people of Benue State, I welcome the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari to Benue State, the Food Basket of the Nation. As a helpless child in trouble looks forward to the rescue by a father, so the people of Benue looked forward to seeing you. Welcome sir. Benue people have always believed in you which is why we voted massively for you in the 2015 General Elections.

2. You are our father and we appreciate your visit here in the hope that our lingering challenges will be over. You are known as a man of integrity and uprightness and you have always fought for justice.

3. Your Excellency, on January 11, 2018, we buried 73 citizens, including women and children. All of them were brutally slaughtered in their sleep by armed herdsmen in the early hours of the New Year 2018. At least 65 more have been killed in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas after the mass burial. Just a few days ago, 26 of our men, women and children in Okpokwu Local Government Area were killed. Also over 5,000 people were displaced in Mbatoho Community in Makurdi Local Government Area. Attacks by armed herdsmen have continued in various communities in the State leading to the displacement of over 170,000 people. More than 60 percent of this figure are children who have been forced out of school. These and many others now live in the eight Internally Displaced People’s Camps scattered across the State namely: Abagana, Daudu1 and 2, Gbajimba, Tse Ginde, Anyiin, Abeda and Ugba. Their homes and farms have also been destroyed and taken over by armed herdsmen.

4. Mr. President, thank you for your response to these attacks. You quickly directed the Inspector General of Police to relocate to Benue and stop the killings. Issues of capacity and integrity may have accounted for the disobedience of your orders but you responded swiftly. At your directives, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) also distributed some Relief Materials to the IDP Camps. Given the enormity of the situation, this was like a drop in the ocean. Thank you for the deployment of the Police Special Forces which proved useful in reducing the attacks. Some of the gallant Police and Civil Defence Officers paid the supreme price in trying to keep the peace. Our sympathies go to their families and loved ones.

5. Your Excellency, we plead with you to take steps to reduce the suffering of the over 170,000 of our countrymen in the Eight Internally Displaced Camps. The Federal Government should compensate them and assist in the rebuilding of their homes as promised by the Committee on Displaced People headed by the Vice President. The Primary and Secondary Schools, Churches and Health Centres destroyed in several communities should be rebuilt for use again.

6. When I was sworn in May, 2015, one of the first things our Administration did was to organize an Amnesty Programme for youths who had armed themselves and were creating some security challenges in the State. The Amnesty was done in the open and over 700 weapons and thousands of ammunitions were returned. The Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons and the United Nations contracted the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) of South Africa to supervise the destruction of weapons and ammunitions surrendered by the over 900 persons under the Programme. The Amnesty Programme was our own way of telling everyone that we cannot condone lawlessness in the State. We set out to reform our youths and stabilize our rural areas as we promote agriculture. Our conviction is that the formation of militia does not bring peace. It only promotes lawlessness, impunity and instability. We have also eliminated thuggery in our Government. The challenge we have however, is about Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana, the notorious gang leader who has been terrorizing Benue and Taraba States. He has been declared wanted and a bounty of N50 million has been placed for information on him. We hope that Exercise Ayem Akpatuma or its upgraded version will help us arrest and bring him to justice. Indeed we request that the exercise be upgraded to an operation with the capacity to chase away the invaders so that those who have been displaced can return to their homes.

7. Although concerted attacks on communities in the State commenced in 2011, between 2013-2017, Forty-Seven attacks were recorded and over 1,878 men, women and children were slaughtered in cold blood across 14 Local Government Areas of the State. Another 750 were seriously wounded while 200 were missing. Over 99,427 households were affected. We have lost an average of 47% of Internally Generated Revenues due to attacks by armed herdsmen in the State. This underscores the problem between herdsmen and farmers. It was clear to us that increased population, shrinking arable land, global warming and desertification as well as the need to diversify the economy through farming, all make open grazing unattractive.

8. Through consultations and research, we discovered that the global best practice for animal husbandry is Ranching. Top countries in the global cattle business such as India, Brazil, USA, South Africa; Kenya and Zimbabwe, are known to practice ranching. It takes proper care of Livestock to ensure quality meat and dairy products and minimizes cattle rustling. Your Excellency, this is the logic behind our popular Law, “Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, 2017”. I urge anyone who has a superior method other than Ranching to bring it to the table. The Law duly passed by the Benue State House of Assembly reflects the wishes of the Benue people.

9. On 30th May, 2017, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore in a ‘World Press Conference’ held in Abuja, opposed the Ranching Law. They called on Fulani herders in all of West Africa to come into Benue to help them reclaim their land. In the same vein, Miyetti Allah Cattle Herders Association in their Press Conference declared that more blood will flow in Benue if the Ranching Law is not rescinded. Your Excellency, as a President that supports the Rule of Law, you will most certainly be offended by these Hate Speeches that may have crossed the red line. Your Excellency, how can a group claim responsibility for the killings that happened and are going about scot free? How can a group make public these inciting and criminal declarations in an organized society and are not arrested by the Police? Your Excellency, kindly order the immediate arrest and prosecution of the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and Miyetti Cattle Breeders Association for carrying out their threats to attack Benue on account of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, 2017.

10. Recent Security Reports before Your Excellency, indicate that the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) are accomplices in the massacres in Benue State. If these Reports on Benue and other parts of the country are true, they have enormous implications for national security. There may be a need to strengthen the enforcement of the ECOWAS Protocol by directing the Nigeria Immigration Service to do the needful.

11. Your Excellency, distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, this is not good time to tell you about our spectacular achievements in the area of education where over 711 Schools have been renovated and 16,000 Teachers retrained. We need not recount strides in the Health Sector where the moribund Schools of Nursing and Midwifery as well as College of Health Technology Agasha earlier closed down have been renovated, accredited and reopened. After 12 years instead of the normal 6 years in Medical School, we graduated 152 students of the Benue State University Medical School. We wish to appreciate the partnership between Federal Government and our State in the area of Sustainable Development Goals as well as Universal Basic Education. We have empowered youth and women through effective collaboration with Central Bank of Nigeria and Bank of Industry. We have massive rural development in terms of rural roads, rural electrifications, bridges and Skills Acquisition Centers. We have also completed various projects in the areas of Water and Sanitation.

12. Your Excellency, to reduce the burden of the State Government, we ask you to take over the running of some institutions in Benue State. We plead that the Federal Government takes over Benue State University Teaching Hospital. Benue State is the only State that does not have a Federal College of Education and Federal Polytechnic. We request the take-over of the College of Education, Katsina-Ala and Benue State Polytechnic Ugbokolo by the Federal Government.

13. We also plead with you to direct the rehabilitation and dualization of Makurdi – Otukpo – Enugu Road; Makurdi – Gboko – Katsina-Ala Road and Gboko – Vandeikya - Obudu Road that are each in a terrible state of disrepair. The Makurdi - Agasha - Wukari Road will ease our communication with Taraba and Plateau States and a Bridge at Buruku on River Katsina-Ala will link other parts of the State and Taraba. These have large population of the State that is engaged in farming that has turned Benue into the Food Basket of the Nation.

14. The people of Benue identify with the reconciliation efforts by Senator Ahmed Tinubu who is carrying out your mandate. The Benue people also appreciates Mr. President for the appointments made from the State, we still hope that more appointments will be made so as to cement the relationship between Mr. President, the Party and the State.

15. The issue of backlog of Salaries remains intractable. Part of the problem of Salaries was inherited from the past Government. In spite of your efforts with Bailout Funds and Paris ClubRefunds which we appreciate, the challenge still remains due to the high wage bill in the average of N7.8billion which we inherited. We request for a grant or soft loan to be able to pay the arrears even as we have taken steps to stabilize regular salary payment with effect from January this year.

16. Your Excellency let me conclude by calling on the Federal Government and States, to support and promote the Ranching Law, so that together, we will stamp out the menace of herdsmen and farmers attacks and cattle rustling in Nigeria. There is no known better and credible alternative to Ranching.

17. Once again, welcome to Benue State.
Long Live President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Long Live Benue State!
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
THANK YOU. IN GOD WE TRUST.

WELCOME ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR SAMUEL ORTOM ON THE OCCASION OF THE VISIT OF PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, GCFR TO BENUE STATE ON MONDAY, 12TH MARCH, 2018

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by madridguy(m): 6:20pm On Mar 12
I hope Baba visit will bring an end to the senseless killings.

Again, accept my condolence Gov. Ortom.

May the Lord Almighty comfort the families and friends of the victims and grant them internal rest through Jesus Christ ( A. S)

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by sarrki(m): 6:22pm On Mar 12
Ortom is one sided mofo

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by InansBobo(m): 6:38pm On Mar 12
sarrki:
Ortom is one sided mofo
exactly!

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by anibirelawal(m): 6:39pm On Mar 12
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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by SamoaJoe: 6:39pm On Mar 12
sarrki:
Ortom is one sided mofo

Even if Ortom is so, the hopeless drug pusher Tinubu you support is what? What about the illiterate idiot Buhari? Was it not the hopelessly useless Tinubu you support that traded the future of Nigeria and gave us a gworo chewing, bastard, illiteracy laden idiott as President? Aside the Fact that Buhari is a world renowned Terrorist, what else has he done to deserve a second term?

Tinubu being an imbeccile is just Supporting Buhari out of greediness. He is hoping that they hand over power to him after 2023. But e go shele gan gan for his eyes after 2019. Tinubu is very much aware that Buhari a war criminal... An animal that should be led to the jungle, stripped Unclad, shot at 50 times and then buried alive. Buhari is nothing but a worthless mofo who led us into the hunger and starvation we are currently experiencing! And Tinubu is complicit in it. Quote me anywhere, the blood of this Benue people is on your hands and your drug pusher master Tinubu! You people know that Buhari is a terrorist but because Tinubu is eyeing the presidency, you people sacrificed Yoruba votes to this worthless Fulani man! Ever since then, Nigeria has been on Auto Pilot with nothing to write home about.

In times of old, Buhari deserves to be stripped Unclad, gagged with a pair of thick socks stuffed down his throat, blindfolded, hung up on a tree by the arms and finally have a cynaide-tipped suppository shoved deep down his Daura rectum. He is an embarrassment to Nigeria and to humanity. In the mighty name of Jesus, he will be dead soon... Amen. I hate this man with passion that if you give me opportunity to just slap him and take 1 million dollars or shoot him dead and go with nothing, I will shoot him 50 times, wake him up again and use an axe to divide him!

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by InansBobo(m): 6:40pm On Mar 12
Some pics from the visit

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by Kaycee9242(m): 6:40pm On Mar 12
Well spoken Mr governor, but device a means to protect ur ppl ooo

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by Ezenwammadu(m): 6:46pm On Mar 12
Both buhari and ortom are useless nonentities and they must go.

Ortom cannot point at any useful project in the state, he cannot even pay salaries.

As for bubu everybody knows that dullard is a failure

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by InansBobo(m): 6:53pm On Mar 12
mynd44 push to permanent site pls
Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by chidekings(m): 7:01pm On Mar 12
And why is he smiling.
Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by sholatech(m): 7:04pm On Mar 12
At least, this Governor spoke the mind of his people without bootlicking the President.

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by Sapiosexuality(m): 7:27pm On Mar 12
He spoke some truths but I am not pleased. Calling Buhari out would have been nice and a good way to make the discourse flow.

He should have called the monster what he is and rightly tell him to stop supporting terrorism. Diplomacy is useless here.

Buhari, the I.G and the Army are complicit here and this pampering and hiding of the truth wouldn't change anything.

If I were him or a Governor and any fool of a President shows my state such love, visiting or welcoming him will only happen if I go mad.

The governors are too engrossed in greed for power that they don't show enough disgust for such inhumanity. APC or age is not the problem, Buhari the monster is.

http://www.mortalpoet.com/who-is-sympathetic-to-fulani-herdsmen/

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by shallysgirl: 7:35pm On Mar 12
sarrki:
Ortom is one sided mofo
How?

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by ConAir(m): 7:37pm On Mar 12
Two clueless mofos, no reasonable projects to account to have been accomplished by these two mumus.

Benue people should please know deep down inside that they don't have a president nor a governor as they are both useless to the society.

Hopefully Buhari's kinsmen won't end his visit with another attack.
Useless zombies.

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by InansBobo(m): 7:56pm On Mar 12
chidekings:
And why is he smiling.
only he knows?

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by InansBobo(m): 7:57pm On Mar 12
sholatech:
At least, this Governor spoke the mind of his people without bootlicking the President.
but the demands seem too much to me because not only Benue is a state in Nigerian
Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by Fmartin(m): 7:58pm On Mar 12
hmmm.. Wetin i go talk self
Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by InansBobo(m): 7:59pm On Mar 12
ConAir:
Two clueless mofos, no reasonable projects to account to have been accomplished by these two mumus.

Benue people should please know deep down inside that they don't have a president nor a governor as they are both useless to the society.

Hopefully Buhari's kinsmen won't end his visit with another attack.
Useless zombies.
yesterday night that Governor ortom was patching the potholes in makurdi awaiting President's visit.
smh

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by ConAir(m): 8:03pm On Mar 12
InansBobo:
yesterday night that Governor ortom was patching the potholes in makurdi awaiting President's visit.
smh
So he knows that there are potholes but left it, that also implies that he is just as clueless as his master. He is no different from the dullard

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by InansBobo(m): 8:07pm On Mar 12
Fmartin:
hmmm.. Wetin i go talk self
juz d observe the go
Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by InansBobo(m): 8:08pm On Mar 12
ConAir:
So he knows that there are potholes but left it, that also implies that he is just as clueless as his master. He is no different from the dullard
I don't even know where this irresponsibility of our politicians originated from

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by ConAir(m): 8:12pm On Mar 12
InansBobo:
I don't even know the root of this irresponsibility of our politicians started from?
Simply because they are all corrupt and have no positive agenda for the people.
They are in for their selfish interests, some has not paid their state workers salaries but their's are paid in full.

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by InansBobo(m): 8:17pm On Mar 12
ConAir:
Simply because they are all corrupt and have no positive agenda for the people.
They are in for their selfish interests, some has not paid their state workers salaries but their's are paid in full.
I don't even know why they don't die early despite their wickedness

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by ConAir(m): 8:24pm On Mar 12
InansBobo:
I don't even know why they don't die early despite their wickedness
Well am surprised that bad people live longer than expected. Strange if you ask me.

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by yemi15(m): 9:16pm On Mar 12
Sapiosexuality:
He spoke some truths but I am not pleased. Calling Buhari out would have been nice and a good way to make the discourse flow.

He should have called the monster what he is and rightly tell him to stop supporting terrorism. Diplomacy is useless here.

Buhari, the I.G and the Army are complicit here and this pampering and hiding of the truth wouldn't change anything.

If I were him or a Governor and any fool of a President shows my state such love, visiting or welcoming him will only happen if I go mad.

The governors are too engrossed in greed for power that they don't show enough disgust for such inhumanity. APC or age is not the problem, Buhari the monster is.

http://www.mortalpoet.com/who-is-sympathetic-to-fulani-herdsmen/


Exactly, the way we try to be diplomatic in Africa by sugarcoating issues rather than being blunt is the bane of this continent!

However, blunt people are highly resented here!

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by yemi15(m): 9:18pm On Mar 12
ConAir:
Well am surprised that bad people live longer than expected. Strange if you ask me.

You might want to ask that "God" upstairs why this is so, remember King Mannaseh in the bible? Smh
Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by ConAir(m): 9:22pm On Mar 12
yemi15:


You might want to ask that "God" upstairs why this is so, remember King Mannaseh in the bible? Smh
Who am i to question GOD ALMIGHTY

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by Sapiosexuality(m): 9:38pm On Mar 12
yemi15:


Exactly, the way we try to be diplomatic in Africa by sugarcoating issues rather than being blunt is the bane of this continent!

However, blunt people are highly resented here!
Resentment is a minor issue for any leader with sound thought. Because the world is highly abnormal, because here our psyche is clogged in the wheels of the absurd any good leader must aspire to have many enemies. Ortom have lost so much to speak in the diplomatic language.

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by yemi15(m): 10:10pm On Mar 12
Sapiosexuality:
Resentment is a minor issue for any leader with sound thought. Because the world is highly abnormal, because here our psyche is clogged in the wheels of the absurd any good leader must aspire to have many enemies. Ortom have lost so much to speak in the diplomatic language.





When will we see such kind of leader that is blunt in Africa? Not sure, happening in my lifetime, let us say the truth!

People who are blunt here hardly reach that pinnacle due to our people except the blunt people are ready to be hypocrites or pretenders who only show their their true colours when they get elected!

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Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by yemi15(m): 10:12pm On Mar 12
ConAir:
Who am i to question GOD ALMIGHTY

Hmmmm, that is what they all say, what does that say about a person who can not be questioned? Smh
Re: Speech Governor Ortom Delivered To President Buhari At His Visit To Benue by ConAir(m): 10:20pm On Mar 12
yemi15:


Hmmmm, that is what they all say, what does that say about a person who can not be questioned? Smh
Firstly, GOD is not a person
And how can you argue with your creator? Or whatever you believe in.

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