The northern governors forum has sent a delegation led by the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, to beg the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, against his decision to resign from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum over herdsmen killings in the state.
The move makes the first from governors in the northern region following the attack on the Benue state indegened by herdsmen which resulted in the death of no less than 73 persons.
The visit came after South- south, South East, South West and Middle Belt stakeholders condoled with Governor Ortom on the tragic incident.
The delegation sent to the Benue governor included Shettima, who led the group along with other governors including; Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Simon Lalong (Plateau).
The Deputy Governor of Osun State, Otunba Grace Titilayo Laoye also visited the Benue governor.
Governor Shettima, while speaking on behalf of the delegation said they were in Benue to commiserate with Ortom on the killings.
However, murmuring started midway into the speech because the governor failed to name the Fulani herdsmen in the attack and condemn the action.
The governor was also reported to have clashed with journalists outside the Banquet hall of the Benue Government House as he accused the South West and South-south leaders of coming to score cheap political points.