Ortom didn’t call Benue people drunkards- Ikyur

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, didn’t not and will never refer to Benue people as drunkards. The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Nathaniel Ikyur, said.

Ikyur in a press statement made available to journalists last night was reacting to media reports where the governor was wrongly quoted as saying that Benue people drink beer from 9am till Dawn and then turn round to insult him for not helping them.

Rather, Governor Samuel Ortom while speaking
at the Dedication and Inaugural Service of RCN Embassy Church, Makurdi said the people that are castigating him and his administration are some APC people who sit in beer parlours for long hours and have conditioned their minds to malign him no matter how much he has done.

The press statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to the above caption in New Telegraph newspapers of Saturday, November 27, 2021, written by one Cephas Iorhemen and credited to Governor Samuel Ortom. 

“The story is also widely shared in other online newspapers and other media outfits. 

“We wish to state categorically that the news, especially the caption is a completely mischievous misrepresentation and an attempt to ridule the person of the Governor .

“The Governor was clear that most Benue people know and do appreciate the great developmental strides he is doing for them. He regretted that some of those who insult, blackmail or castigate him unnecessarily, specifically are a few and from the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC who sit in beer parlours for long hours and have conditioned their minds to malign him no matter how much he has done. He was clear how these APC supporters do that without cogent or issue-based criticisms but simply out of mischief. He was also clear that critics of his administration should offer constructive criticisms as he does to the federal government.

“At that function in question, which was the Dedication and Inaugural Service of RCN Embassy Church, Makurdi, Governor Ortom specifically asked the people of Benue State and indeed Nigerians to continue to pray for him and other leaders including President Muhammadu Buhari rather than always criticising him. He quoted from the Bible where the scriptures asked Christians to pray for their leaders and all those in authority.

“Governor Ortom acknowledges how the people of Benue have in 2015 and 2019 displayed very clearly that they love  him by voting for him first as Governor and by re-electing him overwhelmingly for the second term. 

“The Governor, whenever he has an opportunity, acknowledges the determination, hard work and industrious nature of every Benue man and woman, young or old and the support Benue people have given him since 2015, if not, the APC led federal government may have eliminated him.

“It is therefore a figment of the imagination of the reporter to want to twist the Governor’s words out of context so as to pitch the people of the state against the Governor with this  disrespectful publication. The public should therefore discountenance that report”

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