Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Thursday declared that the federal government is complicit in the challenges of insecurity ravaging Nigeria.
The Governor specifically said the federal government is part of the insecurity and only pretending about the entire situation.
Naija News reports Ortom stated this when he paid a visit to his Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Ekpe Ogbu, who was recently kidnapped but later released by suspected bandits.
The governor said the federal government is not doing enough to end banditry in the country.
According to him banditry and other cases of insecurity will end in Nigeria anytime the federal government wants it to stop.
He said: “Others who are in government today can pretend about this, but the government is complicit at the federal level. They are part of it. Whatever they are saying now is pretence. They are telling lies and they do not want to give attention to the insecurity situation.
“If the federal government, whose responsibility is to provide security for lives and property and who have the coercive forces of the security architecture of the country, decides that terrorism, kidnappings, and evil should end today, it will end.”
Put Me In Charge
The Benue Governor challenged the federal government to give an executive order which would give him command of security forces and promised to end insecurity in his state.
He said: “If the federal government is in doubt, let them make an executive order, just like the president makes executive orders in other areas, and give me the responsibility to look after the coercive forces that are in Benue state.
“Tell them to take instructions from me. We will end the evil, armed robbery, banditry and everything; we will end it today in Benue state.
We Won’t Relent
Ortom added that he and the people of Benue will not relent in the effort to chase criminals from the state.
In his words, “We are not going to relent on this war and there is no way we will compromise and allow kidnappers to have their way in this state.
“I challenge our people to rise up and not to allow kidnappers in their communities. When you suspect them, don’t hesitate to involve the security agencies so that they will not come back again.
“There is no way we can add value to the development of our state when we have kidnappers all over the place terrorising our communities.
“There is no way foreigners will come here and invest in our state with challenges like this. There is no way we can do everything on our own and make things work. So, we must stop this.”