Published February 12, 2021
John Alechenu , Abuja
Benue State Governor , Samuel Ortom , has said the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) , has not done well for Nigerians in terms of security.
He appealed to the President to push for a review of the ECOWAS protocol for movement of persons, goods and services in the sub -region.
Ortom made the call at a media briefing in Abuja , on Thursday . The governor noted that foreign herders were taking undue advantage of the protocol to fuel insecurity in Nigeria .
The governor said , “ If a state of emergency is not declared in this country , we may wake up one day and discover we no longer have a country . The President has not done well in the area of security.
“ In neighbouring countries like Ghana and Benin , people are properly profiled before they are allowed into the county. People coming into Nigeria have to be properly profiled before they are allowed in. It is there in the ECOWAS protocol , I have studied it , I have my lawyers to also study it .
“ Most of the herdsmen killing our people are not even Nigerians ; even the President himself said this during his visit to the United Arab Emirates . ”
Speaking about the benefits of the law prohibiting open grazing in Benue State , Ortom said, “ The legislation we have in place in Benue is responsible for the relative peace we are enjoying .
“ We have arrested and prosecuted over 400 herdsmen since the law came into effect. We have had 150 convictions some convicts were fined and released others are still in Makurdi Correctional Centre.”