The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday, said Nigerians have lost confidence in the presidency, leading to the current agitation for secession in both the Southeast and Southwest geopolitical zones.

Governor Ortom, who is known for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari over his alleged inability to tackle the current security challenges, made the assertion during an event organized by the Radio Nigeria chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ in Enugu State.

The governor revealed that the lack of fairness to Nigerians by the Buhari administration birthed the agitation for separation which is currently going on in some parts of the country.

Ortom said, “as you are aware, youth restiveness, herdsmen attacks, banditry and other criminal activities have had a negative impact on the socio-economic life of the country and are also fueling ethnic tensions.

“As I stated earlier, the current secessionist agitations here in the East and elsewhere are a result of injustice and lack of fairness to Nigerians by the current Presidency.

“This is why there is a growing perception that the Federal Government is encouraging the murderous activities of Fulani herdsmen by its actions and inaction.

“From all indications, the public trust in the Presidency has been eroded. This does not speak well for the corporate existence of Nigeria”.

NEWSMEN reports that while the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB are agitating for the separation of the Southeast from Nigeria over alleged marginalization, some secessionists in the Southwest are also moving for the actualization of the Oduduwa Republic, a sovereign state for the Yoruba nation.

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