A group, Benue Mothers, has vowed to rather die supporting Governor Samuel Ortom than becoming beggars in the court of killers.
The leader of the group and former National Assembly member for Màkurdi/Guma, Mrs Rebecca Apedzan, who declared the women’s position, asked the minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs Senator George Akume to apologise to Ortom and the people of the state to avoid the wrath from the gods of the land.
The women made their views known in Màkurdi, the state capital during their peaceful protest around Màkurdi town to register their grievances on what they described as the Minister’s war against the Government and people of the State.
The women who were reacting to the minister’s recent press conference in Abuja described his outing as shameful and smacks of subservience, adding that “as mothers, we feel the pain of the desecration and violation of our land by these evil herdsmen who attack and burn down our communities, kill and rape our women including children. What kind of father or mother would support these inhuman acts against their families?
“We want Akume and his group to remember that human life is sacred. The lives of Benue people are precious and as mothers, we will rather die supporting our governor than being beggars at the court of killers.”
The women who staged a peaceful protest against what they described as the minister’s war against the government and people of the state said as a former governor, he ought to have been in the forefront to speak against the mindless shedding of blood perpetrated by herdsmen rather than promoting hate on our governor for speaking the truth simply because of political differences.
Responding, Governor Ortom, said, “I will remain committed to Benue people. Whatever you want me to do, I will do. Nobody will intimidate me. The prohibition of open grazing has come to stay. Whether you are a Christian, Muslim, Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo etc, you are free to operate in Benue State as long as you obey the law.”