Former Senate President David Mark says the deteriorating security situation has made Nigeria a subject of ridicule before other nations.
Mark said this in a statement on Sunday in reaction to Saturday attack of the convoy of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom by gunmen along Makurdi-Gboko road.
The Inspector General of Police has deploy investigators to the state and ordered the state’s Police Commissioner to beef up security around the governor.
Mark, a Senator representing Benue South in the upper legislative chamber, said security operatives must step up to the challenge of securing lives and property to avoid Nigerians from resorting to self defence.
He said, “If a state governor can be so brazenly attacked, what would they not do to the ordinary citizens?
“Let me state clearly that Benue people are receptive and accommodating. But this should not be misconstrued or mistaken for weakness. Enough of this malady.
“If our government and security operatives can no longer guarantee peoples’ safety in their homes, farms or places of business, I am worried that the situation may compel citizens to resort to self help. That is the situation, we cannot contemplate and must not be allowed to happen because the consequences would be catastrophic.
“Therefore, federal government and all the security agencies must of a necessity come to terms with the painful reality of the unabating insecurity in the land and resolve to end it.”