By Sunday Iduh
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has commended the Federal Government’s recent efforts at tackling banditry and insurgency in Zamfara and Katsina states, calling for same approach in North Central and other parts of the country.
He stated this when the Niger Delta Bishops Voice and Ministers Forum paid him a solidarity visit at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
The governor equally called on the media as umpires not to allow themselves to be suppressed by anyone, rather, they should be consistent with true and balanced reportage, in order to ensure peace, justice, equity and fairness in the polity.
Governor Ortom appreciated the concern of the forum over the security challenges in the state and reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring the sustainance of the unity of Nigeria and continuous protection of lives and property of Benue people.
National President of the Forum, Arch-Bishop Moses Omonkhuale, while declaring their support for the governor, maintained that they were on the same page with Benue State Government in the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities and will do everything possible to bring them to a halt.
“We sincerely appreciate you for speaking for your people and other Nigerians even at the risk of your own life and safety. We commend your role in promoting synergy between Southern and Middle-Belt region on matters of common interest, especially, your stand against open grazing. We urge you to maintain your position without fear. We are solidly behind you,” he said.
The President explained that Niger Delta Bishops Voice and Ministers Forum is a body that advocates for peace, good governance and religious tolerance in the country.
Arch-Bishop Omonkhuale, who expressed concern over the persistent crises in Benue State and other parts of the country, called on all relevant authorities to rise up, in order to put an end to the menace.
Prayer was offered by the Forum for the governor, unity, peace and end to all criminal activities and insecurity in Benue State and Nigeria.