Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State, said there was nothing to celebrate about Nigeria at 61, given the worst incidences of insecurity in the nation under President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The governor gave his verdict that at home, it’s about sycophancy, and in Nigeria’s forests, terrorists and bandits reigns supreme with killing and wanton destruction of lives and properties, coupled with bad economic policies that has grounded the economy, hence there was nothing to celebrate
Ortom stated this during an Interdenominational Church Service held at the Chapel of Grace, Benue Government House to mark 61st Independence Anniversary celebrations.
He said “We have nothing to celebrate. What are we celebrating, bandits, kidnappers, herdsmen, insurgents, failed economy or what?
“Look at the economy the Naira is almost N600 to the Dollar today. The truth is that we have nothing to celebrate as a people because we the leaders have failed this country.
He lamented that mediocres and sycophants have taken over and there was nothing positive happening in any aspect of the economy, apart from lives of Nigerians that was spared which the citizens should thank God.
He revealed that over 100 security operatives were killed by Fulani Herdsmen turned bandits in the course of securing lives and properties in Benue State between 2017 till date.
According to him attack on security agents was not peculiar in Benue, but it’s rampant across the country was indicative that insecurity was a huge challenge to the Federal government.
The governor condemned attack on security agents who risked their lives to protect citizens, saying that they also have families and blood runs in their veins too.
“This is certainly not the kind of country our founding fathers wished for us. But we must keep fate in our country Nigeria, because it is God that brought us together in the mist of our diversity.
“We know that their are mischief makers all over the place but we must not be provoked because two wrongs cannot make a right. We cannot say because there is impunity going on, we must be involved in such.
“Let us work with God to give us a new direction because there will be light at the end of tunnel. Nigeria will be out of this situation someday. So lets trust God to deliver us. Lets have the faith of Daniel who was delivered by God from the lion’s den.”
He called for prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders in the country for them to be guided by God.