Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday, said there was no government in place in Nigeria and people around president Muhammadu Buhari are criminals.
Ortom, who was reacting to a video trending on social media where bandits were flogging Kaduna-bound train attack victims and their threat to kidnap the president and the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said Nigerians were now exposed to the Afghanistan treatment.
Gov. Ortom said the insecurity situation in the country has reached its peak with the threat by bandits to kidnap President Muhammadu Buhari adding that there was no government in the country and those surrounding the president were criminals.
Briefing journalists at the new banquet hall of the government house, Makurdi, the governor decried that the insecurity situation in the country in the Buhari government had left Nigerians digging their graves.
“Things are getting worse in Nigeria. You know I said this before I travelled 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 are seen it happenings in the country now; The Kuje prison break and the threat to kidnap the president, God forbid, but this is what I saw long time ago.
“Those people in Afghanistan, who are bandits and Fulanis, are the ones wreaking havoc.
“They are being sponsored, I feel pains 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 pains, they are suffering, 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.”
Ortom explained that the reasons he visited the United Kingdom and the United States of America during his two weeks vacation was to correct all the wrong narratives of the federal government that the herders’ attacks on Benue State transcend climate change but occupation.
He also explained that he called for the release of Nnamdi Kanu because he had committed no offense.
“I decided to visit the United Kingdom and 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 and raped our women. These Fulanis come from Niger, Senegal, Mauritania and other places.
“They only used that as shield, their main reason for attacks was 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 release of freedom fighters) because if later I become freedom fighter for my people they should not disturb me”, Ortom explained.