RIVERS State Governor,
Nyesom Wike, has condemned
the utterances of the Public
Relations Officer, PRO, of the
Force Headquarters, Chief
Superintendent of Police, CSP,
Jimoh Moshood, who referred to
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue
State as a drowning man.
It would be recalled that
Moshood during a live television
broadcast on Tuesday, described
Ortom as a drowning man and
should resign as governor.
However, Governor Wike during
a solidarity visit to the governor
in Makurdi, yesterday, described
the utterances of CSP Moshood
as “very unfortunate that people
elected by their people would be
referred to as drowning.”
Wike, who announced a
donation of N200 million to the
over 100,000 Internally Displaced
Persons, IDPs, scattered in nine
camps in the state, said: “I don’t
see the reason why a governor
would be referred to as drowning.
I have instructed the Governors’
Forum to react to that statement
made by the Force spokesperson.
“It is only in our democracy
that you can hear this kind of
statement. The problem I have is
that when we see issues that affect
the nation we keep playing party
“I mean we should go beyond
party politics. It doesn’t matter
whether the governor is a PDP
governor or that of the APC.
It denigrates the office. It is no
longer about the persons, it is
about the office.
“So, if you say today that it is
about the Benue State governor
and nothing is done, no action
is taken, tomorrow it may be the
Zamfara State governor. Let us
not play politics, let us all come
out. Issues that affect this nation,
let us speak out against it.
“You know they have attacked
my state, a series of attack with
security agencies. Everybody
knows my position and that what
I have always said is that when
something affects a state don’t look
at it as a PDP or APC state.
“Now today, there is a governor
under the APC umbrella and this
crisis is happening and nobody is
ready to speak out. As for me what
is affecting Benue State today had
affected me before and if nothing
is being done it will start affecting
other states.
“What is happening has the
tendency of dividing us, we
should say no and speak with one
“Tell Mr. President that what
is going on in this county is not
acceptable. You know everybody
would want to be the favourite
child to Mr. President, but for
me I always speak the truth. My
salvation will come from God and
not man.”
While he expressed concern
that his visit might cause problem
for Governor Ortom as people in
certain quarters will make politics
out of it, Wike, however, said
his visit was to sympathise with
Ortom who is his friend.
Responding, Governor Ortom
thanked his colleague for his
concern and financial contribution
to the welfare of the IDPs, stressing
that “we are getting to where we
will behave like the goat that has
been pushed to the wall. It will be
foolishness that if somebody is
trying to hack you down and you
do not resist’’.
Ortom said he will continue to make noise, even louder, until
justice is done with the arrest
and prosecution of leaders of
Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore who
are masterminding killings in the
While calling on leaders to join
hands and find solutions to the
problem which could affect any
state, Ortom said the pains Benue
is going through is a sacrifice that
will save Nigeria.

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