Buhari must probe attack on Ortom, rejig security architecture – Atiku

Atiku speaks on Ortom attack
Atiku speaks on Ortom attack
Atiku speaks on Ortom attack
Atiku speaks on Ortom attack

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to institute thorough investigation into herdsmen attack on Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

Atiku also said there was need for the president to rejig the nation’s security architecture, despite changing the service chiefs.

Ortom was attacked on his farm by 15 gun-wielding killer-herdsmen who opened fire on him on Saturday in Benue.

The governor said he ran one and half kilometres on foot to escape being killed by the gunmen as his security men exchanged gunfire with the assailants.

Atiku condemned the attack, saying it was worrisome.

He said there should be a constitutional framework that empowered the states to control their internal security.

“The reported attack on Gov Samuel Ortom is worrisome and stands condemned.

“I hereby call for a thorough investigation into the matter and restate the need for a rejig of the nation’s security architecture and a constitutional framework that empowers the states to control their internal security,” he tweeted.

On Saturday, Ortom narrated how he was saved from the bandits.

According to him, “I appreciate the security men attached to me. They were able to repel them and they could not have access to me.

“And I thank God for my fitness to have run for more than one and a half kilometres without stopping. It means that God has given me strength and I am grateful to God.

“I don’t have problems with any Fulani man or Fulani race. But I have a problem with Fulani bandits who have vowed to take over Nigeria as their ancestral home. And I say no. Not when I am here and when I am governor leading my state.”

Ortom said if he as a governor could not go to farm with the entire security around him, he wondered who else could  go to farm.

He wondered about the pains that the people of Benue State are facing, he said.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Mr Atiku thanks for contesting the presidency. If the man there isn’t Buhari, you would have told us. The President we have today, isn’t the Buhari we know. But the state of the nation is sure evidence, we governed by the cabal. God help us

  2. Forget about probe because Buhari won’t do that. I will reserve my comment until i see Benue state governor attend the next 19 states Northern governor’s meeting. And for the Fulanis who are running riot all over Nigeria because they have Buhari in Aso Rock they people of South West, South East and South South have declared their regions a no-go-area for them. It’s either they get away or they get killed. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    • I like your response…..you will reserve your comment, indeed. I don’t know why any reasonable leader from the Middle Belt will continue to attend Northern Governors meeting. Have they ever seen anything good come out of the sadistic north? Thank you for your contribution. We sons of the Middle Belt are as consigned as you.

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