Insecurity: Buhari hits Ortom, tasks governors to secure states
In the face of challenging security situations and violence across the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has charged state governors to live up to the task of securing their states.
The President challenged the governors during an exclusive interview with Arise TV on Thursday.
The President specifically hit the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom whose state has continually witnessed herders killings in the country.
“The governor of Benue said I cannot discipline the cattle rearers because I am one of them. I cannot deny that I am one of them.”
He also tasked state governors to rise up to the challenges facing their states, recalling how he sent back a southern governor to his state after submitting reports of violence.
“These governors campaigned and won elections, they should be able to sort out issues arising in their localities, not running to the presidency,” Buhari said.
The president said he had instructed that all old grazing routes be re-opened and taxes paid, as a measure to resolve the hostilities between farmers and herders.
Ortom had in the past engaged in brickbats with the president accusing him of abandoning the state to its challenges.
Ortom, through letters and press statements, repeatedly called on the president to immediately proffer solutions to the crisis in the state lest it suffers from a full blown anarchy.
In Benue, Herders-farmers clashes have claimed several lives in recent months.
As a result of the wanton killings, many communities have been in disarray and residents seeking refuge in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, scattered across the state.
The situation in Benue reflects the security challenges bedeviling the six-geopolitical zones of the country.