The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has raised an alarm over the widespread insecurity in the country.
He reacts to a viral video of bandits flogging Kaduna-bound train attack victims and their threat to kidnap the president and the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said there’s no government in the country and that Nigerians are now exposed to the Afghanistan treatment.
Addressing journalists at the new banquet hall of the government house, Makurdi on Monday, July 25, the Governor said;
“Things are getting worse in Nigeria. You know I said this before I traveled out that, very soon, with the manner bandits are operating without proactive steps from the federal government, they will soon enter the Aso Rock.
“You have seen happenings in the country; the Kuje prison break and the threat to kidnap the president, God forbid, but this is what I saw a long time ago.
“Those people in Afghanistan, who are bandits and Fulanis, are the ones (wreaking havoc). They are being sponsored. I feel the pain that this is happening in my generation. There is no government in Nigeria today. Those who are surrounding the president are criminals.
“Mr. President, if you are listening to me, I want to say that you are not doing well, you have violated the oath of office you took, Nigerians are in pain, they are suffering, and the socio-economic lives of the people have gone down the abyss.
“You have left us digging out graves, we need a true change, not the change from top to bottom you promised us in 2015″.
Speaking on his visit to the United Kingdom and the United States of America, Ortom said he was there to correct the federal government’s claim about attacks carried out by herdsmen in Benue State.
The Benue Governor also said that he called for the release of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho who he described as “freedom fighters”.
“I decided to visit the United Kingdom and the United States of America to correct the wrong narratives that the crisis in Benue State was caused by climate change and they were surprised to learn that the attacks were beyond what they had fed them with.
“Even during the rainy season, the Fulani herders come to our communities killed, maimed, raped our women even our men. These Fulanis come from Niger, Senegal, Mauritania, and other places.
“They only used that as a shield their main reason for attacks was the occupation of our lands.
“I also called for the release of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho who are freedom fighters while they give amnesty to bandits. I do this (call for the release of freedom fighters) because if later I become freedom fighter for my people they should not disturb me,” he added.