The Northern Governors Forum yesterday condemned the Saturday’s attack on the convoy of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, demanding that the incident be thoroughly investigated.
The forum said all hands must be on deck to address the lingering degeneration of security in Nigeria as it threatened her corporate existence.
The chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, in a statement by his spokesman, Makut Macham, the attack was another attempt by criminals to cause mayhem in Benue and in the nation as a whole.
Ortom’s convoy was attacked at Tyomu village, along the Makurdi-Gboko road, but the governor escaped unhurt.
Lalong charged all relevant security agencies to conduct a thorough investigation to fish out those behind the attack and their sponsors.
He commended security details attached to the governor for repelling the attack and securing Ortom and members of his entourage.
He said northern governors were in solidarity with Ortom and the entire people of Benue State.
He assured that they would continue to engage and support security agencies in their duty of securing the region and nation.
Similarly, the Nigeria Governors Forum yesterday condemned the attack on Ortom’s convoy, describing it as an attempt to make Benue ungovernable.
The governor of Ekiti State and chairman of the NGF, Kayode Fayemi, in a statement yesterday said: “the attempt to make Benue State ungovernable is unacceptable and will fail woefully.”
He said all hands must be on deck to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of the crime.
Fayemi stated: “The news of the broad daylight attempt to cut short the life of the Governor of Benue State, Dr Samuel Ortom, is shocking and a rude awakening.
“The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) empathizes with the governor and the people of Benue State on this sad, cowardly, and wicked plan and vehemently condemns the act in its entirety.
“Only recently, the brother of one of the former governors of the state was mowed down in cold blood. This dishonourable and shameful act of resorting to violence, for whatever reason, to eliminate citizens of Benue state by brutal means must not continue.
“The NGF as a platform for all the 36 governors will continue to encourage its members to stand firm in the service of their people regardless of the evil machinations of those who do not wish Nigeria well. Evil will not be allowed to triumph over good, not in Benue and not anywhere in this country.
“While all governors will continue to pray for Governor Ortom, the NGF wishes to draw the attention of all evil doers that not only will they continue to fail in their wicked acts, but they will also definitely be traced and punished for their crimes, no matter how long it takes”.