- Samuel Ortom, the Benue state governor, has expressed his desire to live until the age of 90
- The governor disclosed this during a special session with members of Youth Parliament to mark this year's International Youth Day
- Ortom who will be 60 years in 2021 said the young Nigerians need a new orientation
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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has said that if God permits, he would only want to live for 90 years, The Nation reports.
The governor who will be 60 years in 2021 disclosed this during a special session with members of Youth Parliament to mark the International Youth Day on Wednesday, August 12.
While expressing concern over social vices that have bedeviled the country, Governor Ortom said the young Nigerians need a new orientation as they spend most of their time on social media platforms insulting elders.
“Nobody will pay you for insulting people on facebook but you can take advantage which social media has provided and create wealth instead of insults," he said.
Ortom is not the first Nigerian leader to express thoughts on how long he would like to live.
The former governor of Oyo state, late Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi, had craved for more years to enjoy all that he had laboured for before death came knocking.
Back in 2019, after he celebrated his 70th, Ajimobi hoped he could set a longer age record by reaching 96.
The former governor who lost the battle to complications from coronavirus on Thursday, June 25, said all his wishes came to pass except that he wanted to die as a nonagenarian.
Ajimobi made stunning disclosures about how no male child from his paternal side reached that milestone of 70 including his father.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Ortom has given his submission on the best way the federal government can frontally tackle Nigeria's insecurity from the grassroots.
During a virtual meeting attended by members of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) and Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), on Wednesday, August 12, Ortom called on the government to allow those he refers to as responsible citizens to carry sophisticated weapons like AK47 so as to protect others.
As part of his suggestions, the Benue governor advocated more funding from the government and stakeholders for Nigeria's security agencies and regular training of their operatives to enable them to be abreast of global dynamics in the fight against insurgency and all forms of violent crimes.
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