Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and his led Federal Government of paying lip service to security challenges bedeviling the country. Governor Ortom who spoke with Journalists on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 in Abuja said Nigerians are under siege and if urgent steps are not taken, terrorists would overrun the country in no distant time.
He stated that over 1,700 people have been killed in Benue State since the state of insecurity under the Buhari administration deteriorated, stressing that out of that number, over one hundred were security operatives serving in the State. Governor Samuel Ortom said about 1.5 million persons are now Internally Displaced Persons and currently in several IDP’s camps across the state with no hope of returning to their ancestral homes soon.
He said as a patriotic Nigerian, he has the responsibility to speak out against any threat to the country’s sovereignty, insisting that those keeping silent in the face of the evil perpetrated by Fulani bandits and kidnappers were worse than the actual perpetrators of this heinous crime.
Governor Ortom further stated that the APC government did not only fail Nigerians but has also appeared helpless in the fight against insecurity and shown that it has no capacity to fix the economy, agriculture, education and security challenges in the country.
Governor Ortom called on Nigerians to join hands with the rebranded PDP and collectively address the yearnings of the people. He particularly admonished journalists not to toe the path of sycophancy but always be on the side of truth and justice to add value to the country for posterity.
He alleged that a cabal has prevented him from meeting the president over the issue of insecurity which was why he has sought alternative ways to present his position to Nigerians on the security situation.
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