Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has been described as a politician who offers excuses for his State challenges, and blames others for problems he created.
This is coming following Ortom’s submission that president Muhammadu Buhari was responsible for unpaid salaries in the state.
Countering this, the SSA to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated that, “Ortom, who currently holds the country’s longest record of unpaid salaries and pensions, has absolutely no reason to blame President Buhari for the mess in which he put his state and its workers.”
He opined that, “There are two types of politicians in Nigeria today. The first are politicians who are leaders that offer solutions to the challenges facing the voters and the country. They bring forward policies and implement them, to improve the lives of others.”
He noted that, “President Muhammadu Buhari is a leader. He inherited a treasury that successive previous administrations had emptied – and he sought and succeeded in repatriating billions of dollars of stolen funds from overseas. His administration discovered more than 500,000 bank accounts operated by Ministries, Agencies and Departments. In these accounts, the money belonging to the government was kept.”
He maintained that, “MDAs are now compelled to use the Treasury Single Account, TSA, domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria. And the President brought forward the first and only plan to address farmer-herder clashes in 100 years, supporting states to rediscover grazing reserves and create ranching lands that have successfully reduced tensions while increasing harmony and saving lives.”
He remarked that, “Governor Samuel Ortom, office holder, is that other politician. He inherited unpaid salaries and pension arrears – and rather than find a way to raise funds to pay them, he has blamed the President.”