- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed concerns over the mounting insecurity in the country
- The governor, however, expressed optimism that things will change for the better with the help of God
- The governor also sent his best wishes to his Benue state colleague, Samuel Ortom who recently turned 60
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that Nigeria is in troubled times with a dwindling economy occasioned by various factors, including worsening insecurity across the nation.
The governor stated this on Friday, April 23 at a funeral service in Agbor, even as he urged Nigerians to pray that God should change the situation.
According to him, many people are hungry and can no longer feed themselves because they can't farm the way they used to due to growing insecurity.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government quoted the governor as saying:
“Pray for our nation because we are in troubled times; the country is insecure and our state is not left out because whatever affects the country affects the states.
“We are in troubled times because many people are hungry and can't feed themselves, but we have hope that God will take control and change things for the better.
“Our economy has dwindled and insecurity is further worsening it; we can no longer farm as we used to but we are hopeful that God is able to turn things around for the nation.”
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has congratulated his Benue counterpart, Mr. Samuel Ortom, as he turned 60 on Friday, April 23.
In a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, Okowa lauded Ortom for his consistent outspokenness and courage exemplified in his dogged disposition toward the good of his people.
He said that the governor's efforts at developing Benue were tremendous and outstanding, adding that his contributions to the development of Nigeria as a former minister were remarkable.
According to Okowa, Ortom had since assuming office as governor demonstrated immense courage and determination to protect the lives and property of Benue people.
“On this auspicious point in your life, I join your family, friends, and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His continued goodness to you.”
Recall that the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, recently said that the proliferation of illegal arms in the country was a threat to Nigeria's corporate existence.
Irabor disclosed this on Thursday, April 15 while addressing journalists after a courtesy visit to Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa at Government House, Asaba.
He further said the presidential directive to shoot-at-sight anyone with an AK-47 rifle was very clear and must be enforced, adding that Nigeria as a country forbade illegal bearing of arms.
Governor Okowa had earlier congratulated General Irabor on his appointment as the CDS by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, January 26.
The governor noted that the sacrifices of General Irabor towards peace and progress of the nation, especially his acknowledged gallantry at assignments, were outstanding.