Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has urged Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom not to be discouraged by the spate of attacks on his person and office following his defection from the All Progressives Congress, APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
In a letter to the Governor, Professor Soyinka stated thus,
“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. 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.
Professor Soyinka who commended Governor Ortom for standing with Benue people in the face of intimidation and threats, encouraged him to remain steadfast.
“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.”