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Ortom Attack: Insecurity Worse Under Buhari Than Abacha – Mailafia

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A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, says Nigeria experienced a better security situation during the regime of the late military Head of State, Sani Abacha than the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mailafia made this known on Wednesday in an interview on Channels Television while reacting to the recent assassination attempt on Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

Mailafia said the people of the Middle Belt condemn the assault on the governor and are not afraid of those who carried out the assault.

He said, “This attempt on the life of an executive governor and incumbent of a state is an attempted attack on the entire people of the state. Those who are trying to do this wicked thing need to understand the implication of what they are trying to do.

“If the governor of a state cannot feel safe to go to his farm, how will the ordinary Benue people feel going to their farms? This is a very bad precedence. The circumstances in Borno are very different. Borno is a war zone, we’ve been living with these evil people for a while but what happened in Benue is totally different and diabolical. We don’t know what they are trying to do but this could affect the whole country.

“Benue people and the people of the Middle Belt will never ever accept this attempt on one of their sons. Nobody is afraid of these people but it is just that these people are given arms and allowed to move freely while the machetes that ordinary people have are dispossessing from them, they are not even allowed to defend their homes and their families but we are glad that God saved the life of his Excellency, Governor Ortom.”

He noted Nigeria is going through the worst of times as a nation, adding that the Buhari government is the worst government in history.

The former presidential candidate opined that Nigeria is experiencing the worst security challenges since independence.

“This is totally unprecedented. This is the worst time ever in the history of Nigeria. You can’t even compare with Abacha’s time; Abacha’s time was a golden era compare with what is happening. Do you think Abacha would have tolerated all these? You can’t travel on these roads, killings everywhere, destructions everywhere,” he said.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.