Gov Ortom Appeal to Uk Parliament Delegation to Pressure FG to End Insurgency.
Governor, Samuel Ortom of Benue State has appealed to the international community to mount pressure on the Federal Government to address the acts of terrorism by armed herdsmen in the country without ethnic and religious bias, saying it appears that the current administration is unwilling to wield the big stick against murderous terrorist groups.
Governor Ortom made the appeal when he interacted with a delegation from the United Kingdom Parliaments, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Freedom of Religion and Beliefs at the Benue State Governor's Lodge.
The Governor stated that being a multi-religious and ethnic country, the Federal Government which is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the rights of the people as enshrined in the constitution are protected, ought to make the task more serious than it is currently doing.
He alleged that the current appointment of suspected Boko Haram supporters into key federal offices, integration of repentant members of the sect into the military, and failure of the Government to arrest and prosecute terrorist herdsmen have also proven the complicity of the Government.
Governor Ortom also told the visiting Parliamentarians that due to the activities of these terrorist groups, over 1.5 million people have been displaced from their ancestral lands, and properties worth billions of naira destroyed in Benue State as a result of the invasion.
Leader of the delegation and member of Parliament from Ireland, Mr. Jim Shannon thanked Governor Ortom for availing the delegation with a comprehensive insight into the issues and assured him that they would present his case to the right department back home to get positive results.