2023 elections may not hold if insecurity persist, Ortom warns

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The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has warned that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder and the 2023 elections may not hold if the insecurity challenges in the country persist.

Ortom who stated this when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja disclosed that the nation is sitting on a keg of gun powder without meaningful progress being made on the issue of security.

He thanked the President for condemning the attack on his farm but said: “that there will be no 2023 elections in Nigeria if insecurity persists”.

Ortom, who recently escaped an assassination attempt on him by unknown gunmen in his state, also charged Nigerians, especially politicians, to leave anxiety about the 2023 elections for now and pay attention to the security situation at hand.

Speaking on the protection of the constitution, Ortom appealed for the provisions of the constitution to be protected to enable equity, fairness, and justice in the country.

He criticized the issue of impunity in the country which he said has been allowed to fester, thereby urging the Federal Government to immediately prosecute anyone found culpable of breaching the law.

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According to the governor, he had deep discussions with President Buhari on the attack on him and security situation in the country, adding that the President agreed with him that no person or group should be left as sacred cows.

He added; “I want to let Nigerians know, especially those who are responsible for making inflammatory statements; we’re sitting on a keg of gunpowder, everybody’s not in doubt in Nigeria today about the security situation and without security, there can be no meaningful progress going on.

“So, it is important to put heads together, do the things that are lawful, let us protect the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria so that everybody will be secure.”