Some concerned Nigerians have pleaded with the United States, US, and the United Kingdom, UK, to intervene in the worsening insecurity in Nigeria before it gets out of hand.
Under the aegis of Forum of Concerned Nigerians, (FCN), the group begged the US and UK to act on the recent alarm raised by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on the worsening insecurity in Nigeria by appointing a Special Envoy to the country.
At a news briefing in Makurdi, Benue State, the spokesman of the FCN, Peter Shande, said, “We like to join the Benue State Governor on this timely and patriotic call. Nigeria is in a coma, and anyone who is pretending about it is living in self-denial. The government of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed the people of the country. His administration should account for the spate of violence across the country and the killing of innocent people.
“Governor Ortom is one Nigerian who has chosen to be the voice of the voiceless, so any attempt at silencing him will mean an attempt to silence over 200 million helpless Nigerians, and such an attempt will be stoutly resisted.
“What is Ortom’s offence? Is it a crime to choose to stand with one’s people in the face of brazen injustice, oppression and impunity? Since 2017, Governor Ortom has come under a heavy wave of sponsored blackmail and victimisation from the Federal Government and its willing agents”.
While recalling instances where the Governor came under media attacks and other forms of threat for his steadfastness, Shande noted that “in the wake of herdsmen massacres visited on Benue farmers, Governor Ortom has faced, and is still facing persecution from many powerful interests, but he has stood with his people on the side of justice and equity”.