Ortom bags Human Rights Best Gov award, gets kudos from Ozekhome

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Human Rights Lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, has applauded Governor Samuel Ortom for his doggedness in fighting for the survival of the people of Benue State.

The renowned legal practitioner bared his mind yesterday, September 29, 2021 at this year’s Human Rights Lecture with the theme: ‘Nigerian School Children: Insecurity and Human Rights’ while presenting the ‘Human Rights Best Governor’ award to Governor Ortom.

The event was organised by Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA.

Ozekhome who was also the chairman of the occasion praised Governor Ortom for his determination to protect his state from invasion by Fulani herdsmen terrorising his state.

While commending HURIWA for giving the award to a “deserving Nigerian”, Chief Mike Ozekhome said the award was in recognition of Governor Ortom’s dogged fight against the invasion of Benue State by Fulani herdsmen terrorising the state and remaining steadfast despite thechallengeshe has continued to surmount.

Chief Ozekhome explained that despite not having control over security agencies even as Chief Security Officers as prescribed by the Constitution, Governor Ortom has tactically secured Benue via the instrumentality of the law to the admiration of many across the country and beyond.

He described the Governor as a leader with the capacity to navigate through all its challenges and expressed the conviction that the award would encourage him to continue to defend his people fearlessly.

Receiving the award, Governor Ortom restated his resolve never to keep mute until Benue State got justice over the several killings of its people by armed herdsmen who had not hidden their agenda to take over Benue.

The Governor who was represented by his Principal Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Nathaniel Ikyur said he was happy his administration’s modest contribution in the area of security was taken note of by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria.

While thanking the Association for the honour done him, Governor Ortom said the award which was equally well deserved would spur him to do more.