Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has lamented that the present crop of leaders has failed the country in the discharge of their responsibilities and urged the people to pray fervently for them.
Governor Ortom stated this when he hosted the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Benue State chapter, who visited him in Makurdi to congratulate him over the validation of his victory by the Supreme Court.
The governor condoled with the Christian community over the beheading of the chairman of the Christian body in Michika, Adamawa State, by Boko Haram, saying the development is a source of worry for all discerning minds in the country.
“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 other leaders in the country including security agencies. God has the power 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 manipulate God.
“The day of reckoning and judgment is coming when you will stand before God to explain or give 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 and 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 happy with what we see 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 two eyes closed, may God help us,” he stated.