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Angbo: Groups tackle critics of Ortom over reconciliation of couple, says they are ‘meddlesome interlopers’



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Groups under the aegis of Centre for Domestic Violence and Peace, Save Humanity Initiative and Youths for Peace Alliance have lashed at critics of Governor Samuel Ortom for his reconcilatory effort that has brought couple together.

Since the governor reconciled Channels Television Reporter, Mr.

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Pius Angbo with his Medical Doctor wife, he has not rested from tantrums being thrown by those who felt bad over the development.

The group leaders, Elaigwu Ikwue, Hundu Bunde and Esther Akule in A joint statement issued and sent to CAPITAL POST on Wednesday posited that the governor breached no law in his effort.

They described the position of critics as meddlesome interlopers who would stop at nothing to discredit the reconciliatory effort of the Governor, who acted as a father and a peace maker.

The statement reads:

“We the undersigned groups, having carefully studied the scenario that has played out since Dr Mrs Ifeyinwa Angbo, wife of Mr Pius Angbo of Channels Television raised the alarm of abuse by her husband and the Executive Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom decided to play the role of a father by reconciling the couple and the unjust reactions that have followed hereby state as follows:

“That Governor Ortom acted in the best interest of the affected family and everyone else who loves matrimonial peace and harmony.

“That Governor Ortom has shown a great sense of leadership in uniting that family and further affirmed that he is truly a father figure to all Benue people.

“That the Governor has further demonstrated that he is a humane leader who cares about the future of Benue children. His intervention has saved the four children of the Angbos from the uncertain future that was starring them in the face of their parents were allowed to fall apart.

“We challenge those criticising Gov Ortom’s intervention to tell us which section of the law the Governor violated by reconciling Mr and Mrs Angbo. What did the society lose as a result of the Governor’s decision to ensure that a medical doctor and her journalist husband live in peace?

“It is important to emphasize that the Governor’s intervention has saved a marriage which was at the verge of collapse. He also has saved careers of the couple. Above all, he has brought peace and happiness to a young family.

“What Governor Ortom has done in the lives of the Angbos deserves commendation and not criticism, and what the couple needs is our support and prayers for a peaceful home.

“We commend Governor Ortom for this selfless act and urge him not to be discouraged by a few dissenting voices from sadists and enemies of peace.

“We can only imagine what would have happened to that young marriage with four kids if the couple was not saved from further crises by Gov Ortom considering the numerous cases of insecurity we have in this country were most youths pepertrating crimes are from failed marriages.

“We acknowledge that domestic and gender violence is highly condemnable and should not be condoned under any guise, but when a family is about to collapse it should be saved by whatever means also considering the damage that comes with products of broken homes.

“We strongly condemn insinuations from certain quarters that Governor Ortom wanted to shield Pius Angbo from facing justice. Those pushing this line of thought are ignorant of the Bible injunction which states in Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.”

“We wonder why some persons have chosen to take medicine on what is not their headache. Mrs Angbo has already told people to leave them alone, that they are now back and happy together. Why are other people still playing the role of meddlesome interlopers? They can’t cry more that the bereaved. Has Governor stopped anyone from seeking justice in the case?

“We however must caution all interested CSOs and agencies wishing to take up the case not to lose sight of the fact that in accepting the apology of her husband, Mrs Angbo asked for our prayers to help her strengthen her young marriage that has produced four little children.

“They should also note that preserving the marriage is the wish of their client and Gov Ortom has set the pace for us all to follow.”

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