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#Insecurity: Account For N426.2bn ($1bn) Security Funds Contributed By State Governors, Ortom Challenges Buhari

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Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom has asked the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to account for the ₦426,169,903,000 ($1bn) security funds jointly contributed by the 36 states of the federation to fight insurgency giving the worsening insecurity in the country.

Ortom made this call while speaking to reporters at the Government House in Makurdi, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, shortly before the State Security Council meeting.

The Governor questioned what the Federal Government had done with the money used to fund the country’s growing insecurity.

Ortom also claimed he had instructed his deputy, Benson Abounu, to ask for answers on the situation, at a virtual meeting of the Nigerian Governors Forum.

His statement partly reads; “what have they done with the one billion Dollars the Governors Forum gave on behalf of the local governments for security?

“That money is huge. What have they done with the money that terrorists will kidnap citizens without any rescue mission?

“It is even more worrisome and  unthinkable that terrorists will threaten to kidnap our President. If that happens, that means we have no country again,” he said.

According to him, “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 lamented the situation where 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.”

Governor Ortom affirmed 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.

He reiterated his call on Benue people and other Nigerians to appreciate and offer support to the families of security personnel some of whom he noted had paid the supreme prize in their quest to secure the country.

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