Rose Ejembi, Makurdi
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has enjoined Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to remain resilient, unbowed and undeterred in the face of stiff opposition and persecution he is experiencing following his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Soyinka gave the advice in a recent letter to Governor Ortom on his decision to dump the ruling APC applauded his decision to seek an alternative platform especially with the level of alleged insensitivity exhibited by his former party to the wanton killings in Benue State.
The Nobel laureate maintained that Governor Ortom had a moral right to seek an alternative political platform and that should not be the reason for the heavy-handed campaign against him since he enjoys the free rights to do so.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ortom, Terver Akase, who informed reporters of Soyinka’s letter to his principal, said the contents of the letter read: “As a leader of a people who took much of the earliest brunt of unleashed herdsmen savagery, and cried in vain for help, you have a moral right to seek the promise of an alternative haven of security for your people.
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“They remain your primary responsibility. We are all free to cavil over the actual choice of an alternative destination, but no one can deny the inalienable entitlement to such action, especially where provoked by disillusionment and a sense of impotence under existing association.
“Coincidences are, by their very nature, suspect, and I certainly perceive the beginnings of a heavy-handed campaign of reprisals from ruling circles over your political decision.
“This bodes ill for the nation. It goes beyond any immediately affected state and alerts us all to fascistic threats against a common democratic destination, and the basic right of free choice of political paths towards its attainment.
“I can only urge you therefore to take heart, and remain resilient, unbowed, and undeterred,” he added.