Gov. Samuel Ortom says he is being persecuted for speaking truth to power and is ready to die instead of jettisoned his ways.
The Benue State Governor stated this at the weekend while speaking to journalists in Makurdi.
Ortom who was speaking apparently against the backdrop of the state anti-grazing law that has pitted him against some powerful individuals and groups in the north vowed to protect the people of his state in line with the oath of office he swore to by telling the truth,
According to him, “The Bible says ‘you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.’ Nigeria today, we have no business being where we are. We would have been far ahead of where we are today. It is just that for a long time, we have suppressed the truth.
“But the truth is that I have decided to offer myself. If it will require me to pay the supreme sacrifice for saying the truth, I am ready to do it because the time has come that we must stop promoting sycophancy and mediocrity.
“We must promote the truth. We must respect the constitution and the rule of law. The constitution and the law of our land is the only thing that can guide us to greater height. “It is the only thing that can lead us to where we want to be. It is only thing that can promote and project us to rank with other countries that are doing well. “Was it not just yesterday we said ‘Ghana must go?’ Why is it that on West African soil today the whole world is turning their attention whether in investment or whatever? Ghana has become a reference point against Nigeria.”