…Says End SARS protest an opportunity to fix Nigeria
By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has disclosed that over the years Nigerian leaders at all levels have failed to provide the standard of leadership that the country deserves and until they leaders must admit the failure and take steps to effect positive changes else the agitations of the people will continue.
Ortom also maintained that the End SARS protest across the country is an opportunity to fix the country.
Governor Ortom made the disclosure on Monday while briefing newsmen on the issue of End SARS protest across the country by the Youths.
” It has become necessary for me as one of the leaders of our dear country to once again lend my voice to issues affecting our great nation.” Ortom stated.
According to him the END SARS protests taking place across Nigerian cities have challenged them as leaders of this country to rise up and demonstrate sincerity in tackling the problems of Nigeria and added that the protesting youths are asking salient questions that deserve only honest answers backed by the commitment on the part of the leadership of this country.
” I must commend the resilience of youths and other Nigerians on their dogged stand during the END SARS protests. Their peaceful protests while holding the national flag clearly indicate that Nigerians genuinely want solutions to the myriad of problems confronting them and not to end the country.” The Governor maintained.
Ortom further explained that the spontaneous protests reflect the daily pains and frustrations of Nigerians in the face of unemployment, zero economic growth insecurity and corruption and the people justifiably want an end to impunity, police brutality, herdsmen attacks, banditry and other crimes bedeviling the country.
He encouraged the protesters to remain peaceful and civil in their approach and resist the temptation to be violent as Violence does no one any good and it does not proffer solutions to problems.
He stated that the ongoing protests have offered Nigeria the opportunity to correct decades of wrongs and failures in the system.
“Our country is practicing democracy which guarantees the freedom of speech to all citizens. The people have the constitutional right to voice out their frustrations and demand improved standard of living.” He said.
Ortom stated that the restructuring of the country and other views being expressed by the people are patriotic calls and should be treated as such and added that Nigerians want to see police reforms and other measures that can make the country greater.
” The people want respect for the rule of law in this country. The people want an end to the practice of sacred cows which makes some persons untouchable and superior to others.” Ortom stated.
He reiterate his belief in the unity of the great country and added that Nigeria is the only country that they have.
“Together, we can build a united and prosperous nation where justice and equity will reign.” He said.