Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State, has urged the federal government to address the country’s deteriorating security situation.
On Tuesday, during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Akeredolu warned that if the insecurity situation worsens, the 2023 general elections could be jeopardized.
He also condemned Saturday’s attack on his Benue State colleague, Samuel Ortom, and questioned why governors would be targeted.
While describing the attack as unfortunate, Akeredolu, who also serves as the Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, expressed gratitude to God for Governor Ortom’s life.
Following the attack on the governor of Benue, Ortom paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja today, warning that if nothing is done to curb insecurity, elections in 2023 may be disrupted.
Governor Akeredolu reiterated Ortom’s sentiments, saying that Nigerians should be concerned if banditry spreads to its full extent.
“I believe he is correct; we cannot conduct elections in an unsafe environment. So, if insecurity is not addressed, it will worsen, and if it worsens, all of us should be concerned that by 2023, we may have full-fledged banditry and other forms of insecurity in the country,” he said.
“With that, no one can hold an election in that environment. What is obvious is that he has made an excellent point about the need for the federal government to wake up.
“Something must be done right now to ensure that this escalating issue of insecurity is nipped in the bud and deescalated as soon as possible.”