- President Buhari has been urged to find a lasting solution to the high rate of insecurity in Nigeria
- The plea was made by the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom
- Ortom said that the insurgents are posing a big threat to the country
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has raised the alarm over the high rate of insecurity across the country despite claims by the federal government that the insurgents have been technically defeated.
New Telegraph reports that the governor said that unless something drastic is urgently done to stem the situation, the growing insecurity situation being witnessed in the country might push the nation into a religious crisis.
Legit.ng gathered that he stated this on Wednesday, January 29, when he received the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command Makurdi, Air Vice Marshal Olusegun Philip, who paid him a courtesy call in his office.
Ortom noted that the security agencies have been overstretched by the activities of insurgency, banditry and other criminal activities in the country, stressing that lack of standard equipment had also posed a big challenge to the fight against insecurity.
He acknowledged the support of the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) to health and educational development of the state through the provision of quality healthcare services and secondary education.
The governor stated that apart from supporting the state to ensure security for lives and property, the Air Force authorities are always handy to help fight cases of fire disasters with state of the art equipment.
Ortom said the state had played its role in the dispute between the host community and Air Force authorities, stressing that the government was waiting for communication from the Chief of Air Staff before meeting with the host community for an amicable resolution.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Ortom revealed that armed herdsmen shot at him in his farm located in the state capital, Makurdi.
It was reported that Governor Ortom disclosed this on Monday, January 27 while speaking at a live radio programme.
The governor said while he was in the facility, armed herdsmen besieged the vicinity and opened fire on him and his team.
He, however, said that in the influx of armed herdsmen into Benue had become a source of concern and worry and needed to be checked urgently.
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