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BUHARI HAS ABANDONED US –Benue Laments

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President Muhammadu Buhari

In March 2015, about 373,961 out of the 683,264 eligible indigenes of Benue who voted, stood in the sun to cast their vote behind Gen (Rtd) Muhammedu Buhari to make him sweep the presidencial election of that year. Little did they know that they did not vote for peace and security as they had anticipated. Lamenting recently in Makurdi, a renown clergy, Pastor Abel Uloko who could no longer contain his feelings yelled out:

“THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA led by President Buhari have abandoned Governor Ortom and the Good People of Benue State in the Wake of the Massacre that Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists have brought upon us.
Victim of the January 2 Herdsmen Massacre

“The Good Governor in his wisdom and defence of the people he’s called to serve and protect recently Passed a Law prohibiting Open Grazing in Benue. This has infuriated the blood thirsty herders and they’re avowed to stop @ nothing until Benue is reduced to a mere rubble hence this new wave of evil upon us.
Pastor Abel Uloko

“The Governor has no Jurisdiction in the deployment of the Joint Military of the Army, the Navy and the Airforce even the Paramilitary Police Force. The President whose sole palm the power reside have gone Quite on us, so deaf to hear to Weeping and Hollering of a Pained and dying Benue People, so dumb to Speak to Still our Storm and Calm the waves.
“We have taken our Case to God and we’re Challenging the International Community and Bodies to come to our rescue in the face of an imminent Genocide.”
Victim of the January 2 Herdsmen Massacre

This cry came at the heel of a brutal attack meted out to the people of Benue on 2nd January, 2018 by suspected Fulani by herdsmen on where about 20 people including a pregnant woman were feared dead and others severely wounded.

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BENUE ELECTS NEW OCH’IDOMA -How Pastor Emerged Elected.

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A new paramount traditional ruler has been elected following the recent “hunting expedition” embarked on by the Ochi’Idoma IV, Dr Elias Ikoyi Obekpa in October this year. (The Idoma people of Benue believe that a king/Chief is not declared dead but rather declared gone hunting when they pass).

In line with directive by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, an election was conducted and a new Ochi’Idoma emerged through an election procedure on December 30, 2021. Pastor John Elaigwu Odogbo emerged with 19 votes out of a total 28 votes cast in a keen contest at Otukpo. Among the contestants were federal permanent secretary, Arc. Sonny Echono, who scored eight votes, and Andrew Idakwu, who left with only one vote. Presenting the new Ochi’Idoma to Ortom at the Government House in Makurdi, supervising Commissioner of Information, Ekpe Ogbu, who is head of the selection team, said the exercise was conducted peacefully with the outcome of Pastor Odogbo as Och’Idoma elect.Ogbu explained that out of a total 32 expected members of the selection committee, 28 were present, two have impending court cases and one indisposed health wise.He added that five people had indicated interest to contest for the seat, noting that one voluntarily stepped down. The commissioner further stated that one among the remaining four contestants was not nominated and left the venue, leaving three finalists.

Speaking, the Ochi’Idoma elect said he saw the involvement of God in the entire exercise even as he thanked the governor for his leadership. The new royal father likened Ortom to the biblical Samuel who became the advocate of Israel who united the people together just as he assured that he would not disappoint the confidence reposed in him by the Idoma people.

Responding, Governor Samuel Ortom, hailed the Idoma nation for the selection of their new monarch, adding that he had always stood for equity, transparency and justice.He said that appointment belongs to God who chooses one and anoints such person to do His will.

“We will find a convenient day to do the coronation. I want the contribution of the traditional rulers to my administration,” Ortom said.The new Ochi’Idoma was born on March 27, 1969 to the family of Elaigwu Ekoja as the fifth child in Obagaji, the headquarters of Agatu Local Government Area of the state.He is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1994) with degree in Accounting and currently studying for his doctorate degree.

10 THINGS ABOUT THE NEW OCH’IDOMA ELECT YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW
He was born on 27th March,1969 as the 5th born to the family of Mr. ELAIGWU EKOJA in Obagaji the headquarters of AGATU local government of Idoma in Benue State 1- Comrade Pst Elaigwu, Odogbo Obagaji John is a graduate of prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (1994) with B.Sc honours in Accounting 2- Master in Business Administration (2012) from Benue State University. 3- Post Graduate Diploma in Education (2015) from National Teacher Institute. 4- M.Sc Accounting and Finance, Nasarawa State University, Keffi. 5- Phd (in view) in Accounting from Nasarawa State University, Keffi He is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCITN) 7- Fellow Certified National Accountants of Nigeria, (FCNA) 8- Associate member of Nigeria Institute of Management. 9- A Group Pastor (Penticost Group)Deeper Life Bible Church.Comrade Pst Elaigwu has been running his professional career with Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS where he worked for 23 years and rose to the position of Assistant Director. Comrade Pst Elaigwu held so many positions in the organization. Within the period of his stay.Comrade Elaigwu served as Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria for two tenure from 2004 to 2012. ELAIGWU also served as National Exofficio of the same Association from 2012 to July, 2018.

Pst Elaigwu is an erudite trainer (resource person in FIRS) and a thorough professional with vast experience in taxation and Accounting through International training and development among which are:1- Enhancing Critical Skills in the Fighting Against Corruption, Accra, Ghana, 2005;2- Enhancing Secretarial Functions for optimum Performance, Benin Republic, 2006;3- Modernization of Tax Administration- South Africa, 2008;4- International Seminar on Taxation- Japan, 2011;5- Developing Strategic Skills for Organizational Improvement, London, 2012;6- Strategic Leadership Planning and Conflict Management South Africa, 2013;7- Corporate Governance and Strategic Management Workshop, Dubai- 2015.8- Globalization and Worker Relationship, New York, USA, 2018.Comrade Pst Elaigwu left Federal Inland Revenue Service in 2016 to set up his consultancy firm and other related Companies such as:1- Esan Gods Integrity Consults. (EGIC.) Tax Consultancy and Management firm.2- Elmaro Elaigwu & Co. (EE&C.) Audit Management consultancy firm.3- EMEU God’s Professional Academy Limited. (EGPAL.) Professional Training Consultancy Firm.Comrade Pst Elaigwu is that man who is guided by this noble philosophy of: The longest distance to success is short cut and must not be considered or deared. Comrade Pst Elaigwu is married to Mrs Martha Omabo Elaigwu and blessed with wonderful five children.

Oche Onu writes with reports.

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The Worst Military Govt Better Than Buhari’s -Ortom

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The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday described the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as worse than any military government that had ever led Nigeria.

Ortom made the remarks while answering questions from journalists in Makurdi, Benue State capital, shortly after his return from the Abuja convention of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

He said that the outcome of the convention of his party is a clear sign that the PDP has positioned itself to take over leadership of the country in 2023, alleging that the current APC administration has failed in all ramifications.

“We (PDP) are determined to take over leadership of this country, come 2023 because of the failure of APC led government.“They are being deceitful and not being able to secure our land. They have rather succeeded in destroying our economy, our security, our social life, and everything you can think of in this country.“I have been privileged to read the history of Nigeria and those that have been destroying us ncluding the military. Usually, we say that the worst democratic government is better than the military government.

“That is what we use to say but for the purpose of APC led government, I want to say that the worst military government we have had in Nigeria is better than this particular government led by APC.

“I have never seen anything like this; people who don’t want you to tell them the truth or advise them, try to twist things and tell the world that you are against them.Is it not democracy we are practicing?”

The governor, however, commended his colleagues for their resilience to forge ahead in what he described as, “despite all intimidation and blackmail by the APC government” to achieve more than 90 percent consensus in electing new leaders for the PDP.

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GRAZING ROUTE: Ortom Threatens Legal Action Against Buhari’s Presidency

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The Benue State governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom has threatened legal action against the Presidency if it decides to go ahead with the Grazing Reserve Policy.

In an interview with journalists in Makurdi on Sunday, Ortom insisted that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria superceded the Northern Nigeria Law that provided for grazing reserves.

Governor Samuel Ortom

The governor insists that Benue will not concede any land for the grazing policy, especially as such lands do not even exist.

“The truth is that if the entire country had accepted ranching, then why is Mr. President insisting on open grazing when there is no land for such.

“In the 50s when this policy was initiated what was the population of Nigeria, it was less that 40 million but today we are more than 200 million. The 923 square kilometer is not even enough to cater for the population. The reason Mr. President is insisting to some of us, I think there is a hidden agenda.

“Mr. President has aides, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and other lawyers around him should advise him. For God sake it is laughable and it appears we do not know what we are doing.

“Under my watch, this state will not accept open grazing . I have already briefed my lawyers should Mr. President insist on going ahead with the Policy,” Ortom stated.

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