Nigeria Is Now Bottom Of Africa, Not Giant – Ortom

By Adadainfo

The Benue State governor, Dr Samuel Ortom, Monday, admonished Nigerians, particularly those in leadership, to brace for the task of rebuilding the country in line with the vision of the founding fathers.

The governor gave the charge at the Benue State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, when he received a delegation from the Solomon Lar Foundation on a courtesy visit.

Ortom said Nigeria is today, instead of being the giant of Africa, the bottom looking up to smaller countries because the leaders had deviated from the standards set by the founding fathers.

He said leaders who came after the likes of Solomon Lar and JS Tarka failed to take advantage of the opportunities in agriculture, solid minerals, culture and tourism as well as the population to grow Nigeria to an enviable height.

Governor Ortom described Solomon Lar as a key figure in Nigeria’s political history, stressing that as a beneficiary of his political structure, he would personally avail himself at the event being planned to honour the founding father.

The chairman of the Solomon Lar Foundation, Dr Mike Omeri, said the visit was to intimate Governor Ortom of their plans to honour Solomon Lar for his contributions to the enthronement of democracy and emancipation of the people.

Dr Omeri said part of the activities lined up for the event slated to hold in October include the launch of a book the late nationalist personally wrote to explain a number of things which he and others did to grow Nigeria.

He said the foundation also intends to establish an Institute of Good Governance, Democracy and Diplomacy to mentor the upcoming generations and help the people in jettisoning mundane issues in selecting leaders.

The former NOA helmsman commended Governor Ortom for utilizing the resources at his disposal to deliver on the promises he made to Benue people, and urged him to provide guidance for his successor so that the standards he has set would be sustained.

Those who accompanied Dr Omeri on the visit include a House of Representatives member and daughter of Solomon Lar, Beni Lar; Princess Bolanle Ado, Hon Hanatu Bugama, Alhaji Muhammed Sidi Abani and Mr Samaila Kaigama.

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