Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday has appealed to Nigerians not to politicise the attack on his convoy, saying it was beyond partisan politics.
NEWSCASTARS.COM had reported that the governor on Saturday had said about 15 herdsmen dressed in black, shot at him and his entourage on his farm, saying he had to run a distance of about 1.5 kilometres to escape.
Speaking to journalists after the State Security Council meeting at the New Banquet Hall of the Government House, Makurdi, on Monday, Ortom said he was not the first governor to be attacked in recent times.
He said, “The Borno State governor, who is an APC governor, was once attacked. It is me today; it may be another person tomorrow.
“What we need is that all of us should join hands together to stop this because our country is sitting on a keg of gunpowder and we should avoid anything that can make it explode.
“Even when this thing happened, there were patriotic Fulani men who called, so it is beyond partisan politics because any life lost can never be restored.”
he further said’
“In 2018 when 73 people were killed, FUNAM claimed responsibility. When people were killed in June same year in Plateau, FUNAM came out and claimed responsibility and now they have claimed responsibility.
“Two weeks ago, Miyetti Allah Kataore held a meeting in Yola and singled me out as the one creating problems for the Fulani race in Nigeria and I am not against anyone. Many of them live happily in Benue and are doing their legitimate business.”