Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Tuesday, said nobody would think of 2023 elections due to the current level of insecurity in the country.
Ortom spoke to State House correspondents at the end of a close door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Ortom’s visit to Buhari comes three days after he narrowly escaped assassination after he was attacked by herdsmen on the road to his farm near Makurdi.
During the interview with the State House correspondents, Ortom said it is unreasonable to be talking of the 2023 elections without first securing the country.
Ortom also appealed to Nigerians not to play politics with the issue of security.
“I want to also appeal to Nigerians. 2023, yes to a politician is not far, but it is still a long way. If we secure our country and everything is going fine, then we can talk about 2023.
“But the way things are going, if we don’t secure the country, there is no way we can be talking about 2023. For me, I want us as leaders of this country, we have taken oaths of office, let us abide by those things we have said and work together as a team; leave politics aside, leave ethnicity aside and secure the country. We have no other country than the Nigeria we live in.”
He stated further that the country cannot make meaningful progress due to insecurity, adding that those making inflammatory statements to desist from doing so.
“I am aware that the security challenges in our country today are not about the President or we, state governors. They are about every citizen of this country, so we must work together to surmount them.
“I also want Nigerians to know, especially those who are responsible for making inflammatory statements, that we are sitting on a keg of gunpowder and everybody is not in doubt in Nigeria today, about the security situation.
“Without security, there can be no meaningful progress and so it is important to put heads together.
“Let’s do the things that are lawful; protect the provisions of the constitution of Nigeria so that everybody will be secured. Let there be equity, fairness and justice. That is what I stand for,” he added.
The governor revealed that Buhari accepted all the recommendations he made for a safer Nigeria.