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Benue Killing: Gov Ortom is a shame to his people – Dalung

*Why I don’t want to be governor

Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has taken a swipe at the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, describing him as a coward for abandoning his people as the Chief Security Officer of the state, come to Abuja alone without choir members to cry about the situation of his people.

Dalung was addressing Sports Editors of media organisations in his Abuja office when responding to a question. He said, “he was elected as the governor of his state. One of his major responsibilities to the people as constitutionally guaranteed and enshrined is to provide security of lives and properties. Instead, he is in Abuja crying.

What this translates to is that, when the Chief Security Officer has abandoned post what it means is for the people to leave the state because as the General, he has admitted he is helpless. He takes flight to Abuja rather than fashion out ways to solve the situation in his hands. He is a shame to his people.

According to the Minister, “I have not considered or concluded whether I want to run for election in 2019. Not even for the position of a councilor. Being a governor is a difficult job. It is one job that requires more than enough from the occupier. I don’t want to be going about with high blood pressure machine. I don’t want to be like some crying governors.”

Dalung was asked to clarify rumours of making a fortune from NFF monies. He quipped that, “if they say so, then the case of the NFF will equal that of Joseph of Arimathea. As soon as Jesus was dead, this Joseph of Arimathea, who was a rich man, went to Pilate and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered and when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in the rock, and he rolled a great Stone to the door of the sepulchre and departed.”

We are only a clearing agency for monies of the NFF. When approved it is sent to their account directly. They are responsible for and accountable for the monies given to them. If at that point, the monies find its way to somewhere else, they will take the role of Joseph of Arimathea. They will be accountable for the monies.”

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