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Ortom casts doubt on 2023 election over rising insecurity

By News Desk

Seventy-two hours after gunmen attacked Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on his farm, President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the governor to possibly find a lasting solution to the lingering insecurity challenges across the country.

The president met with Ortom behind a closed door in the State House on Tuesday, Abuja over the recent attempt on his life by gunmen who waylaid his convoy along Makurdi/Gboko road in Makurdi Local Government Area of the state.

Briefing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Ortom said that he, alongside the president shared ideas on how to manage rising insecurities and doused the tension that greeted the attack.

He added that with the rising insecurity challenges across the country, brewing ethnic tension in some regions, and other socio-economic realities, 2023 general election may prove elusive for the country.

Ortom stated that it was important for the nation’s political leaders and other critical stakeholders to rise in preferring lasting solutions that would ensure normalcy was restored across affected areas.

“There will be no 2023 elections in Nigeria if insecurity persists,” the governor said, adding that Nigeria was at the precipice without meaningful progress being made on the issue of security.

It would be recalled that Buhari had during the weekend condemned gunmen’s attack on Ortom, just as he cautioned Nigerians against politicising the act and other criminalities across the country.

Buhari stated that the attack on the Benue governor should be considered as an act that affects the entire country and that adding political coloration would further be aiding the attackers and others involve in criminalities in Nigeria.

According to him, the string of brutal attacks on individuals and communities in the state, with the latest one targeting the governor, is unacceptable.

The President, while commending the dispatch of a high-level team of crack investigators to the state to aid the perpetrators’ arrest, tasked the officers to uncover and arrest anyone behind the attacks as well as bring them to justice.

His sympathies, and that of the government of the federation to the governor and all Benue indigenes was contained in a statement released on Sunday by the President’s Senior Special Assistant Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

The President further directed the Police to undertake a thorough investigation into the incident involving the governor and into all such incidents affecting individuals and communities in the state.

“Let there be open and transparent investigation and whoever is linked to it should be caught and be made to face the law,” the president directed.

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