Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state says Nigerians are remorseful for choosing President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2015, given the country’s high level of insecurity and economic hardship.
On Thursday, January 20, the Governor, who has been critical of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, said this after signing the modified Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of 2017 in Makurdi, the state capital.
He stated that things were not going well in the country and that the President should pay attention to Nigerians’ complaints and devise programs to alleviate the country’s economic woes.
The governor claims that
”Corrupt people that are in the government are deceiving you the President. But I must tell you the truth that all is not well. You need to listen to us, you need to listen to the voice of the masses who elected you, because they may have been deceived, now we are sorry that we elected you as President of this country.”
Governor Ortom questioned how the government could display a gigantic rice pyramid while Nigerians are hungry and unable to feed themselves, describing the recent unveiling of the rice pyramid in Abuja as a “great scam by people fooling the President.”
“Somebody explained to me that they got 5,000 sacks of rice and put them on a pyramidal and claimed you have achieved something, but you have not achieve anything. The people behind these things are deceitful, they are telling the President lies.
The governor commented on the Buhari-led government’s anti-corruption campaign.
”This government has not fought corruption the way we expected them to do since 2015. All the people they are prosecuting are just perceived enemies. The fight is selective, there are former governors in the present cabinet who should be facing trial for corruption but they are not. So which corruption are they fighting?