By Wilson Adekumola
The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom of has commended the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for his decision to postpone the 2023 National Population Census, urging Buhari to ensure that Nigerians whose communities have been taken over by bandits and armed herders regain their lands and return home.
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Terver Akase made this known in a statement in Makurdi on Saturday.
Ortom had, earlier this month urged the Federal Government to postpone the planned census until sufficient security was guaranteed in Nigeria.
The statement stated that “with the postponement of the census now approved by President Buhari, Ortom urges the Federal Government to ensure that Nigerians whose communities have been taken over by bandits and armed herders regain their lands and return home.
The governor said, “the lives and well-being of the citizens must be placed above other factors for the nation to realise its aspiration for greater growth and development.”
The statement added, “Governor Ortom remains committed to the rule of law, justice, fairness and equity.”