Mr. Daniel Onjeh, the APC senatorial candidate of Benue Zone C senatorial district who contested against Senator David Mark and lost has defended Governor Samuel Ortom over Agatu land ceded to Fulani herdsmen to graze after deal with Governor Al-Makura of Nasarawa State.
Idoma people were outraged after the governor stuck the deal giving the land to Fulani herdsmen for grazing shortly after Fulani herdsmen attack Agatu killing over 200 people in which the governor refuse to visit Agatu in what most Idoma people see as annoyance over losing an election in which his party lost in Idoma land.
Mr. Onjeh asked social media people that there would be a meeting to address them over this issue but he didn’t tell the date. He stated that he has spoken to the governor and seem convinced that the governor did the right thing.
Mr. Daniel Onjeh wrote this on his Facebook that:
Lingering Agatu Crises : My Discussion With Governor Ortom
My response on the Agatu land issue was long in coming, because I did not have the full facts at my disposal, and did not want to speculate based on rumors. I made frantic efforts to get in touch with the Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, since Agatu once again came on the front burner, but he was away in South Africa on official business.
I finally got to discuss with the Governor, upon his return. I raised the controversy generated over the purported ceding of Agatu land to the Fulani herdsmen, and the concerns being raised. In his narrative, he raised lots of fundamental issues that I can’t exhaust here, but most importantly, he maintained that no one ceded Agatu land to the the Fulani Herdsmen, rather, according to him the measure taking was done in good faith to restore peace, and avoid further lost of lives and property, which was his paramount interest as the Chief Security Officer of the state, and it was the collective efforts and resolution of Agatu stakeholders, but that in any case, he runs an open door policy, and due to the insinuations arising on this matter, he promised to convene another stakeholders meeting for a comprehensive briefing and interaction to enable everyone be on he same page with the government, and he is very willing to accept any better option or alternative that may be proffered by stakeholders.
I hereby call on all crucial Idoma stakeholders, particularly, social media netizens to attend the proposed expanded stakeholder meeting and contribute their own quota on the subject, and the best way forward.
In the interim, I call on the Federal Government to consider the establishment of Army Battalion or Mobile Police Squadron, along the Agatu borders with Nasarawa State.