Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has reacted to the killing of the Chairman of Christain Association of Nigeria in Adamawa State, Lawan Andimi, by Boko Haram terrorist.
The Benue State Governor noted that the incident is a sign that leaders in Nigeria have failed the country in the discharge of their duties.
Recall that Boko Haram Insurgents had killed the CAN chairman on Monday after keeping him in detention for weeks.
Ortom stated this when he was visited by the leadership of CAN in the state over his victory at the Supreme Court.
He called on Nigerians to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies.
The Governor in his statement said: “My heart bleeds, it is an unfortunate thing that we have gotten where we are today in our country.”
“I call on security agencies to arrest the situation because no one is safe. Today it is the CAN Chairman, tomorrow it can be another person. Even the security agencies themselves are not as safe as they are also being kidnapped by Boko Haram. Even the citizens are being kidnapped.”
According to Ortom, God has the powers to grant wisdom, knowledge and understanding to leaders to be able to carry out their responsibilities.
“I call on the Christian family to continue to pray for Mr. President and for all other leaders in the country including the security agencies. God has the powers to grant wisdom, knowledge and understanding to leaders to be able to do the right things at the right place and at the right time so that peace will reign.”
He noted that leaders in the country have failed Nigerians and he is not exempted from the list as they have all failed in their duties.
“Let God help us who are the leaders because today I must say that we have failed the people of Nigeria. I am part of it, I am not exempting myself. We have failed them, it is a collective failure.”
“We have failed this country as leaders. But I pray that God will help us to see the pains that our people are going through. Let God help us. So for everyone with responsibility, even if you manipulate the people you should know that you cannot manipulation God.”
“The day of reckoning and judgement is coming when you will stand before God to explain or give an account of what you have done.”
He called on everyone in any position to carry out their responsibility with the fear of God.
“So I urge everyone in this country, in any position of responsibility you find yourself please discharge it with the fear of God. I enjoin all leaders including myself, let us work and discharge our responsibilities with the fear of God, give good leadership.”
“The Bible says the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. If we fear God, wisdom will come and things will work and everybody will be happy and we the leaders will be happy too.”
“I must confess that I am not a happy man, as a Nigerian I am not a happy man with what we see happening in our country.”
“Not just in Benue state but all over the country in several states, even in Kastina state I feel sad seeing people running here and there for fear of bandits attacking them. Nobody is now sleeping with his two eyes closed, may God help us.”