The Outgoing Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has alleged that his stance against Fulanisation of his region led to seven attempts on his life.
Ortom who made the disclosure in a recent interview with Vanguard shared that his tenure as governor was marred by Fulani terrorists trying to assassinate him.
He attributed the failure of the assassination attempts to God, saying he is grateful those seeking to kill him failed.
"The terrorist Fulani attempted to assassinate me seven good times but God preserved my life, they were not able to get me.
"All I have to say is that I’m grateful to Almighty God for helping me", Ortom said.
On his state being affected by the continued onslaught of rampaging herdsmen, he revealed that more than 5,000 Benue indigenes have died as a result of the killings.
According to him, several great men have lost their lives for their stance and while he has not paid the supreme price, seven attempts were made on his life.
"I didn’t contest to be governor to preside over dead people. From 2015 to this day over 5,000 of my people have been killed.
"If I take you back the people that have been killed are more than 6,000 even today, my people are being killed by these herdsmen. I stand for the truth.
"Several great men paid the supreme price for their stance although I have not paid the supreme price, attempts were made on my life seven times.
"It was the Fulanis themselves that came and sat where we are now and told me, look, the one that happened to you on Gboko Road which you know is just one case, we have attempted seven times and they came to know the secret that I have that they’ve not been able to kill me."
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