- Tsav condemns attempted disruption
FORMER governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam has slammed his successor, Samuel Ortom, over his inability to protect the lives of the people of the state, including government officials whom he said were being killed like chickens.
Suswam stressed that Governor Ortom was behaving as if there is no government in the state.
According to the former governor, who spoke during a thanksgiving organised by Zone A Women Forum in the honour of him and his wife in Lessel, Ushongo Local Government Area, at the weekend, “If there is government, would we still be hearing of a government official being assassinated like a chicken and till date no proper investigation has been carried out to unravel the culprits.
“The primary responsibility of every government is to protect lives and properties. When a government cannot do these things, it means there is no government but something else.”
Suswam also accused Ortom’s government of lacking human face for daily harassing and forcing old market women to pay multiple taxes.
He decried the astronomical rise of poverty in the state, coupled with the issue of salaries which have not been paid for eight months, particularly for teachers.
“People have continued to suffer in this state and even when they die, their relations barely have resources to bury them,” Suswam lamented.
He also expressed worry over alleged misuse of resources, beside the monthly funds from the federation account which he said included bailout and the humongous loans which he said two generations in the state would not be able to repay.
The former governor reminded the people of Ushongo how they benefited under the PDP government under him with several of their sons, including Paul Orhii, Robert Orya, Mike Aondoakaa, Mzamber Waziri and Justice Katsina Alu occupying plum positions at the federal level.
“Today, because you rejected the PDP, all these people have been relieved of their positions. Anytime you hear of appointments, you don’t hear one Tiv name but if it’s sack, a Tiv name must be there.
“Today, not minding the pivotal position of the Tiv nation, they are unfortunately relegated to the background. Where Nigeria is sighted at a sharing table, the Tiv are not there. The second tier, we are not there; the third, very soon, from the look of things, we will not be there,” he further lamented.
Suswam also criticised his successor for subjecting the Tiv nation to undue criticism by other ethnicities who daily mock the Tiv people for not being able to elect a new Tor Tiv long after the death of the former one.
He said he learnt of plans to change the rules and guidelines in order to bring in a moron.
Meanwhile, former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav has condemned the alleged inducement of thugs by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to disrupt the thanksgiving service in honour of Suswam.
According to Tsav, “Rather than join in the solemn worship of God Almighty, to whom Gov Ortom had earlier handed Benue over to for salvation, the government of Benue State induced some youths with money to disrupt the solemn glorification and worship of Almighty God. What a contradiction!”
The retired police boss, who spoke in a press statement made available to Nigerian Pilot in Makurdi at the weekend, therefore advised “deceitful and desperate” politicians not to invite the wrath of God on themselves and the state, as God is greater than all.
Tsav, who said he learnt that one of the hired thugs had lost his life, wondered what Gov Ortom would tell his parents, querying that “why can’t Gov Ortom and his followers use their own children for such hatchet jobs?”
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the thanksgiving service had hardly started when youths numbering about 50 on motorbikes and bearing placards of different inscriptions invaded the church premises.
However, mayhem was averted due to the timely intervention of security operatives and some Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, officials who confronted the protesters and repelled them.