Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has reacted to the killing of Lawan Andimi, Chairman of Adamawa State chapter of the Christain Association of Nigeria, CAN, by Boko Haram insurgents.
Ortom lamented that the killing of Andimi was an indication that the present crop of leaders in Nigeria have failed the country in the discharge of their responsibilities.
The Governor, who spoke when he hosted the state leadership of CAN in Makurdi, during a congratulatory visit over his victory at the Supreme Court, also urged the people to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Ortom: “My heart bleeds, it is an unfortunate thing that we have gotten where we are today in our country.
“I call on security agencies to arrest the situation because no one is safe. Today it is the CAN Chairman, tomorrow it can be another person. Even the security agencies themselves are not safe as they are also being kidnapped by Boko Haram. Even the citizens are being kidnapped.
“I call on the Christian family to continue to pray for Mr. President and for all other leaders in the country including the security agencies. God has the powers to grant wisdom, knowledge and understanding to leaders to be able to do the right things at the right place and at the right time so that peace will reign.
“Let God help us who are the leaders because today I must say that we have failed the people of Nigeria. I am part of it, I am not exempting myself. We have failed them, it is a collective failure.
“We have failed this country as leaders. But I pray that God will help us to see the pains that our people are going through. Let God help us. So for everyone with responsibility, even if you manipulate the people you should know that you cannot manipulation God.
“The day of reckoning and judgement is coming when you will stand before God to explain or give an account of what you have done.
“So I urge everyone in this country, in any position of responsibility you find yourself please discharge it with the fear of God. I enjoin all leaders including myself, let us work and discharge our responsibilities with the fear of God, give good leadership.
“The Bible says the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. If we fear God, wisdom will come and things will work and everybody will be happy and we the leaders will be happy too.
“I must confess that I am not a happy man, as a Nigerian I am not a happy man with what we see happening in our country.
“Not just in Benue state but all over the country in several states, even in Kastina state I feel sad seeing people running here and there for fear of bandits attacking them. Nobody is now sleeping with his two eyes closed, may God help us.”