Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has urged Benue people to place the interest of the state above anything capable of causing disunity and retrogression.
A statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Terver Akase, said the governor also admonished Muslims to commit themselves to the Holy Prophet’s injunctions of piety, honesty and charity to the less privileged.
Governor Ortom who made this appeal in Makurdi during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, said, Benue has faced a number of obstacles in the areas of security and economy, and that what the state needs at this time is renewed commitment among its people to overcome the challenges.
He called on all political leaders and party supporters in the state to rise above divisive, unedifying and selfish interests as the political season is now underway.
The governor tasked Benue residents to commit themselves to the sustenance of democracy as well as economic and political stability which are essential for good governance and growth.
According to him, the safety of lives and property in all parts of the state is the priority of the present administration, stressing the need for the people to support security agents with useful and timely information to enable them apprehend criminal elements and guarantee peace.
Governor Ortom commended the military for the efforts being made by troops of ‘Operation Whirl Stroke’ to ensure that communities being terrorised in some parts of the state by armed herdsmen are safe for those living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps to return to their ancestral homes.
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