The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has bemoaned the efforts of Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, saying the President has not done well for Nigerians in terms of security.
He therefore 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 stated these at a media briefing in Abuja, on Thursday February 11, 2021.
The Governor noted that foreign herders were taking undue advantage of the protocol to fuel insecurity in Nigeria.
He 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, the Governor 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.”