Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said that Nigeria is on life support and that “anyone saying that all is well in Nigeria is just deceiving himself”.
Ortom spoke during a condolence visit to the family members of former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Obadiah Mailafia, who died at the age of 64 after a brief undisclosed ailment.
According to him, “Dr Mailafia was fearless and he stood on the side of the truth. As the Bible says, ‘You should know the truth and the truth shall set you free.’ Our brother stood for truth and justice.
“Anyone saying that all is well in Nigeria is just deceiving himself. Nigeria is on life support. Nigerians have never been divided as it is today.
“Let everyone know that Nigeria is greater than any person. Nigeria is greater than all of us. We must team up and work.
“We must combine our faith in Nigeria with work in order to salvage our nation from those who seek to destroy it. Refusing to combine our faith with work is akin to pumping a punctured tyre.”
He stressed further that, “We are here to pay our respects to Dr Mailafia and console the family. We appreciate God for giving us Mailafia and for all he did in his lifetime.
“Dr Mailafia lived a worthy life, and we are happy the Almighty God spared his life to enable him to achieve what he was able to.
“The actions and memories he left behind shall ever remain alive. We the living shall forever continue to cherish his principles and the indefatigable spirit he demonstrated throughout his lifetime,”
Governor Ortom has bad news for those celebrating the death of the former CBN Deputy Governor: “Those who are celebrating his death are lying. What Dr Mailafia did in life will continue to germinate and bear fruits for many years to come. We appreciate him and thank God for his.
“I stand with Dr Mailafia even in his death. I appreciate his principles, and though dead, we shall continue with the struggle.
“I encourage our mother to be strong. When our time has come, there is nothing on earth that can stop it. Be strong in the Lord and know that “all things worketh together for good for those that are called by God,” Ortom consoled the bereaved family.