By Sunday Iduh
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his 80th birthday.
The governor, in a goodwill message to President Buhari through his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur on Saturday, praised the President for his steadfastness and indomitable spirit in upholding the ideals of nationhood.
According to the statement, Governor Ortom, while urging President Buhari to sustain the transparent lifestyle that has been his hallmark and signature tune over the years, admonished him to ensure he bequeath the country to the incoming administration devoid of the current insecurity challenges rocking the foundation of the nation.
“We are not there yet. But the President has assured us that he will hand over a country that will be free from insecurity and current polarisation that has enveloped us. We need to be united again, not along ethnic or religious lines but along nationalistic ideals that binds us together,” he said.
This, the governor said, will be the needed compass to direct the younger generation to live an upright life and have hope for a better nation.
The statement further stated that, the governor also noted the need for the president to continue to promote those attributes of transparency, honesty, fairness, equity and justice as a panacea for peace and unity of the country.
“Governor Ortom wishes President Buhari good health, peace and wisdom in the years ahead,” the statement added.