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I pray for Buhari every day – Ortom

By Myke Uzendu

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has explained that he bears no grudges against President Muhammadu Buhari amid a face-off with the presidency over herdsmen attacks.

The governor and the Senior Special Assistant.(Media and Publicity) to President Buhari, Garba Shehu, had hitherto engaged in war of words over the alleged inability of Buhari to tackle insecurity, particularly herdsmen attacks in the State.

However, at a media briefing to mark this year’s Democracy Day and the midterm of his re-election as governor, Ortom said he remembers the president in his daily devotion.

Ortom recalled how the state organized prayers for the president when he was having a health challenges, stated he has no reason to hate anyone.

He, however, admitted that they both have some disagreement over policies not favourable to the people of the state.

Ortom said: “I am a Christian; Born Again, for that matter. And I have no reason to hate anyone. The president is my president.

“I pray for the president every day in my devotion.

“When the president was sick, Benue state was the first state that organised prayers for him under my watch.

“We can disagree on policy issues. But I don’t hate the president. My president is Muhammadu Buhari.

“But the president cannot force me to violate the Constitution which I swore to uphold”.

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