By Sunday Iduh
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has stressed the need for Nigerians to ensure that they elect leaders who would guarantee their well-being and restore the dignity of the country.
He stated this Sunday during the thanksgiving Mass in honour of Reverend Fathers Amos Mbachie and Peter Kpaleve, who were celebrating 15 years in the priesthood at the Good Shepherd Catholic Chaplaincy, Benue State University, Makurdi.
The governor, who said Nigeria has become a laughing stock in the comity of nations, due to the ineffective leadership of the Federal Government, reiterated his commitment to the plight of the people.
“As we approach 2023, let us pray and work for a committed and determined leadership for Nigeria. We have become a laughing stock in the world.
“I am committed and determined to continue to speak for my people. No amount of blackmail, political calculation or intimidation will make me abandon my stand,” he stated.
Governor Ortom wished the celebrants many more years in the Lord’s vineyard and commended the Catholic Church for supporting government in adding value to humanity through several of their initiatives and interventions which has benefited a lot of people.
Earlier, in a homily, Revd. Fr Remigius Ihyula called on Christians, who are being used as a tool in the hands of the enemies to destroy Nigeria to repent and turn to God.
“We must be fervent in prayers and act decively. Whatever evil plans against Nigeria will never come to pass as long as Christ lives.
“Nigerians earnestly desire that God restore the nation to its peaceful status. We want to go back to the period when we could travel anytime to any part of Nigeria without the fear of being attacked,” he stated.
He urged the celebrants to live their lives for others. “There are many who need help in the world. Ask for God’s blessings to enable you help others,” he stated.
Revd. Fr Kpaleve in a remark, acknowledged the contribution of the state governor to saving of lives through his intervention in the treatment of snake bite victims at Bishop Murray Hospital, Makurdi and other hospitals across the state. He prayed that God continues to bless and protect the governor.
On his part, Revd. Fr Mbachie, who appealed to the people of the state to support the governor always urged him never to be cajoled by any political calculation to abandon the people of the state. “You are the only one that has become the voice of conscience in Nigeria,” he added.