It’s Official! Buhari Not Returning Soon to Nigeria, Benue Gov Reveals New York[RR]London–*NGF delegation advised him not to hurry back Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday said the delegation of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) that visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London last month, had advised the President not to return to country in a […]
It’s Official! Buhari Not Returning Soon to Nigeria, Benue Gov Reveals
New York[RR]London–*NGF delegation advised him not to hurry back
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday said the delegation of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) that visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London last month, had advised the President not to return to country in a hurry.
The governor, who made the revelation while interacting with State House Correspondents, said the advice was predicated on the need for him to adequately attend to his health.
Halal said the advise became necessary because the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, was doing a good job.
It would be 90 days on August 6 that Buhari left the shores on Nigeria for the United Kingdom to attend to his health.
Other members of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) delegation led by the governor of Zamfara State and Chairman of the, Abdulaziz Yari, were Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Kashim Shettima (Borno) and Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom).
Udom had also told news men that Buhari’s return date was not irrelevant, stressing that the most important thing was that he is recuperating.
The NGF delegation was the second to visit Buhari after some All Progessives Congress (APC) leaders and governors led by National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun.
Speaking to State House Correspondents on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Benue State governor said that although they were happy to meet the President in high spirit, jovial and not on wheel chair, nor bedridden, they had advised him to take his time and get his doctors clearance before returning to the country.
The Benue governor said, he and his colleagues were excited when they saw President Buhari talking to them and asking about their various states, saying it was indeed a sign that God has answered the prayers of Nigerians.
“I will say halleluyah because God has answered my prayers. I was the first person that initiated prayers, both Christians and Muslims to pray for Mr. President because that is our duty. Romans 13:1 and 2 talks about that there is no power that be without God’s ordination and those of us who are subjects should continue to pray for such.
“So it is our responsibility not to be castigating Mr. President or be wishing him or whatever. We should be praying for him. If Mr. President is sick it means all of us are sick, the whole country is sick. So its is our responsibility to pray that Mr. President gets well so that our country too will be well.”
On the condition of the President when they visited, Ortom said, “Mr. President is doing well, we appreciate God, we saw him, he was not in a wheel chair, he was not bedridden, he greeted us, we cracked jokes and he was mentally alert. We discussed about the security situations in the country and asked us questions about what we are doing.
“Our prayer is that God will consummate his healing. We asked him not to hurry because there is no vacuum, the Acting President is holding forth for him and he is doing very well and he has his confidence. By the grace of God I believe that very soon he will be with us.”
In another development, Ortom, while reacting to the unending disagreement between him and former Lagos State Commissioner of Police Abubakar Tsav, said he had nothing to hide hence his decision to go to court to encourage the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to investigate the allegations against him.
He insisted that Tsav needs psychiatric help in order to ascertain his mental stability.
Tsav who is a member of the Federal Public Compliant Commission (FCC) recently wrote a petition against the Benue State Governor in which he accused Ortom of running the state as a personal estate.
Governor Ortom has since dragged the former Commission of Police to Court for what he termed deliberate attempt to assassinate his character and undermine his leadership.
Ortom said that although Tsav had knelt down in the presence of Tor Tiv including other prominent Tiv leaders to beg for forgiveness for being misled, the former commissioner appears not to have repented and continues to make unsubstantiated allegations again him.
“Tsav is not an issue, the man needs to see a psychiatric doctor because this man apologized to me before the six commissioners and six of his commissioners from the Public Complaint Commission and the Tor Tiv and traditional council. He told us how we saw his intrigues, he will take a pen and write falsehood against a governor without verifying the facts.
“He said he was given the information by some people who were afraid to write and you chose to write. I now said no, you cannot undress me in the public and come into the private to dress me, so tender an apology publicly before that suit will be withdrawn and he agreed. The Tor Tiv gave him two weeks to do it for him back and now launch an attack.
“I want EFCC and ICPC or anywhere that he has written those things tocome and investigate whether those things are true. That is why I decided to go to court, since I am a law abiding governor, if not people of such know what used to happen to them in the past. But I am a Christian, I am a law abiding person who believes in rule of law and due process.
“I instructed my attorney general and commissioner for justice to take him to court so that the whole world will know that he is a liar.
“My books are open. They are very open for anybody. EFCC, ICPC, anybody”.
Asked if he consider withdrawing the suit, he replied. “How will I withdraw? I asked my attorney general to shift the case to September. The case is coming upon September, he will go there and if he doesn’t explain he will be sanctioned.
“Recently the false allegations he made against me and my Senior Special Assistant, Abraham Kwanu, we all went to congratulate her, God told me not to waste my time with Abubakar Tsav and I withdrew the cases but my SA went on and he got a judgement of N10million. As I talk to you all his accounts have been garnished, it is just that there is nothing substantial inside the account to service that debt. Abubakar Tsav went and forcefully took somebody’s property, the person took him to court and judgement was given against him. And the judge described him as Don quizito because he is always grabbing people’s stuff.
“The fact is that the EFCC or whatever let them come and see if there is any iota of truth in what he has said in that petition.”