A new viral challenge #AtimFoodSharingChallenge has taken over Benue State social media space after the Governor, Samuel Ortom whose full names are “Atim Ortom Adorogo” was recently captured serving his aides food.
According to Jimin Geoffrey, a media aide to Governor Ortom who shared the photos on his social media page (Facebook) on Friday, the serving of food to aides by the Governor was a “show of humility”.
“In his usual show of humility, Governor Samuel Ortom today personally served his aides and friends food at the Governor’s Lodge, Benue Peoples House Makurdi,” the caption of the photos entitled, ‘HUMILITY: GOV ORTOM SERVES HIS AIDES FOOD’, partly read.
Aggrieved Benue youths who said the state is wallowing in underdevelopment and severe poverty due to the refusal of the Governor to pay salary, took to social media to recreate the Governor’s food sharing photos to mock and protest against the insensitivity of the Ortom administration.
Pensioners in Benue State are being owed over 30 months pension arrears by the Governor Ortom administration while Local government staff and State workers are owed over 15 months and 8 months salary arrears respectively. Councilors and Local Government Chairmen are also not left out as they are being denied their allowances and other benefits by the Governor.
Also, insecurity has skyrocketted in Benue state since the coming to power of the Governor Ortom administration. Thousands of farmers and rural dwellers have been killed with millions displayed according to the state government. Governor Ortom blame President Muhammadu Buhari for Benue woe.
The recent flamboyant dinner the Governor and his aides and friends held at the Governor’s Lodge amidst the escalating insecurity and adject poverty in the state where the Governor was giving everyone plate has raised eye brows, and Benue people are mimicking the dinner photos to mock Governor Ortom who they described as “monumental failure”.
See photos of the challenge below: