- Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has aligned with his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom over insecurity
- Ortom had said that 2023 general elections would be threatened if the issue of insecurity is not properly addressed
- Akeredolu, however, urged the federal government to ensure people's lives and property are secured
The Ondo state governor and chairman of the Southwest Governors Forum (SGF), Rotimi Akeredolu has asked the federal government to tackle the deteriorating insecurity in the country.
Akeredolu, who gave the warning while appearing on Channels Television Politics Today on Tuesday, March 23, said that the 2023 general elections might be threatened if the insecurity situation in the country worsens.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor, who condemned the attack on the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, wondered why governors would be the target of attacks.
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Vanguard also reports that Akeredolu described Ortom's attack as unfortunate as he backed his colleague’s submission that elections might be disrupted in 2023 if nothing is done to nip insecurity in the bud.
The Ondo governor said:
“I think he is right, definitely we cannot conduct elections under an insecure environment. So if insecurity is not nipped in the bud, it will escalate and if it escalates, all of us should be worried that as at the time we are getting to 2023, we might have full-scale banditry and other insecurity in the country."
He stated that Nigerians cannot continue to scratch the issue of insecurity on the surface, adding that the security chiefs must come together and provide solutions to the problem.
The governor noted that there must be swift responses to cases of insecurity at all levels, as he renewed his call for the creation of state police. According to him, the setting up of the policy structure at regional levels would complement the efforts of the Nigeria Police.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue said the much-talked-about 2023 general elections may never happen.
It was reported that Ortom said this would become the reality in 2023 if nothing is done now by the federal government about the menace of insecurity.
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