Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue Nigerians from kidnappers, bandits, and terrorists.
This was contained in a statement issued and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, and made available to journalists in Makurdi on Thursday, the governor said that the issue of insecurity in the country was a reality that the presidency does not want people to talk about.
Ortom who was reacting to a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu asked the presidency to tell Nigerians steps had been taken to end the unprecedented bloodshed perpetrated by armed Fulani terrorists in the country.
The statement read partly, “Each time I speak about the dreadful manner the Muhammadu Buhari administration has handled the security situation in the country, his media aides and hangers-on come out attacking my personality instead of addressing the issues I raised.
“If the Presidency assumes that I am wrong about my statements regarding the failure of the present government to tackle insecurity, I urge them to hold a referendum to get the feelings of Nigerians towards their ineptitude, complicity and clear lack of commitment and sincerity in protecting the people.
“It is sad and unfortunate that the likes of Garba Shehu have zero sympathies for the families of those being killed daily by Fulani terrorists. As long as their meal ticket is secured, they tell Mr President to go to bed, that all is well with the country.
Speaking further he said, “Garba is a man whose loyalty is for sale to the highest bidder. He sings in high praise of the President today because that is his current source of livelihood. He will be the first to go against the President once the tables turn. He has done that before with other prominent Nigerians whom he served. A man who betrays his former benefactor for a new pot of porridge does not possess the moral right to question me.