Ombatse is based in the Eggon area of Nasarawa.
Gov. Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State on Sunday declared that the entire state was his constituency, pledging to carry everybody along in all his activities.
Mr. Al-makura made the declaration at the official inauguration of the Nasarawa Eggon water supply scheme.
“My administration will continue to carry all sections of the state along, irrespective of religious, political, cultural or ethnic differences,” he said.
The governor specifically described the Eggon ethnic group as his friends and colleagues, reminding all the stakeholders that the “state belong to all of us”.
The Eggon people of the state have been in the news recently after a new militant occult group, Ombatse, based in the area, trapped and killed more than 60 security personnel who had gone to arrest its members.
The group is said to be founded on the political discontent between the Eggon, who claim to be marginalized, and the rest of the state.
Mr. Al-makura appealed to the Eggons to disregard speculations that he was against them, reiterating that he took an oath of office to carry everybody along and that he would abide by the oath.
He commended the Eggon people for their efforts to ensure peace and unity in the state, urging them to disregard any speculation that he was against them.
The governor assured the citizens of the state that his administration would collaborate with all stakeholders in all development efforts in the Nasarawa state project.
On the water project, Mr. Al-makura said the project would tackle the perennial water scarcity in the area.
“For over 10 years now, the people in the benefiting area have been lacking adequate potable water supply, a situation which has been causing untold hardship for them.
“It is unfortunate Nasarawa Eggon and its environs had for several years been without pipe-borne water for their daily use,” he said.
Mr. Al-makura pledged that his administration would strive to tackle the problem of water scarcity facing the people, assuring them that bore holes would be provided in all communities.
“Water is life and it is also a key to the socio-economic development of the people; all will be done to see that the people enjoy regular water supply,” he said.