Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has condemned the worsening state of insecurity in the country, warning that it is threatening the food security of the nation.
He stated this at the 70th anniversary celebration flag-off/unveiling of the logo and mascot of the Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria (KSM) by His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins, Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos, at St. Leo Catholic Church, Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos, at the weekend.
The governor, who was represented at the event by Dr. Tivlumun, Nyitse, his Chief of Staff, also flayed what he described as total lack of respect for the sanctity life and property in the country by herdsmen, bandits, kidnapper and others.
He stated that he would “continue to be resolute and unequivocal in condemning the lack of respect for the sanctity of life. In fact, the persistent genocide that is being meted out to Nigerians and the wanton destruction of property, including the threat to food security with the continued rampaging of our rural farmers, who are rendered homeless with millions subjected to destitution in the internally displayed people’s camps.
The governor disclosed that Benue State has more than 1.5 million people in displayed people’s camps, adding that “1.5 million people is a large chunk of our farming population”.
He stated that this was the same situation in different part of the country and argued that if the trend were not reversed, the nation would soon find herself in a food crisis.