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#ENDSARS Protest: We have Failed as Leaders – Ortom

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has said the #ENDSARS Protests taking place across different cities in the country is an indication that the current crop of leaders have failed to provide the kind of leadership that the country deserves.

The governor disclosed this during a press briefing held at the Benue State government House Makurdi, on Monday.

He said as one of the nation’s leaders, it has become important for him to also lend a voice on the issues affecting the country.

Oryom commended the youths for their resilience and dodged stand during the protest, with a call on them to remain peaceful and civil in their approach.

“Over the years, we as leaders at all levels have failed to provide the standard of leadership that our country deserves, and until we admit this failure and take steps to effect positive changes, the agitations of the people will continue.

“The spontaneous protests reflect the daily pains and frustrations of Nigerians in the face of unemployment, zero economic growth insecurity and corruption. The people justifiably want an end to impunity, police brutality, herdsmen attacks, banditry and other crimes bedeviling the country.”

The governor reiterated his belief in one Nigeria, saying all the stakeholders must look into the demands been made by the protesting Nigerians.

“The restructuring of the country and other views being expressed by the people are patriotic calls and should be treated as such. Nigerians want to see police reforms and other measures that can make their country greater.

“The people want respect for the rule of law in this country. The people want an end to the practice of sacred cows which makes some persons untouchable and superior to others,” Ortom stated.

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