Given the growing insecurity in the nation, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State yesterday demanded that the federal government account for the $1 billion in security funding that the 36 member states of the federation jointly contributed to fight insurgency.
The Governor questioned, “What have they done with the $1 billion the Governors Forum gave on behalf of the local governments for security?” before presiding over the State Security Council meeting in Makurdi.
It is a lot of money. What did they do with the money that terrorists would use to abduct people without dispatching a rescue effort? Threatening to kidnap our President by terrorists is even more alarming and unfathomable. If that occurs, we will once more be without a country.
The primary responsibility of any responsive government is to ensure the safety of lives and property. The situation where innocent Nigerians are left at the mercy of vicious terrorists is unacceptable. We must not allow this to continue.”
The Governor expressed sadness Nigeria as the giant of Africa had become helpless to tackle its security challenges, saying “it is very painful to see the country where it is today.”
Ortom noted that security issues should be the concern of all, emphasising that it should not be tailored along political lines as protection of lives and property of citizens ought to be prioritized.
While commending the sacrifices of security operatives in the state, he also acknowledged the challenges security officers in the State face in the discharge of their duties.