By Sunday Iduh
The new Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Revd Oliver Aba has lauded the development strides of Governor Samuel Ortom. He described him as a governor that listen to his people.
The prelate stated this Monday at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi when he paid the governor a courtesy call.
He commiserated with the governor and the people of the state on the recent attacks in Ukum Local Government Area.
“Let me begin by expressing my unreserved condolences to His Excellency and the people of Benue State on the recent killings by the herdsmen in Ukum. We pray for God’s comfort and help at this trying time.
“I wish to commend your foresight in this regard in the setting up and equipping of the Benue State Community Volunteer Guard to help with these challenges.
“Your Excellency, permit me to place on record too our appreciation as a church, your transformational stride in our traditional institutions leading to our having our two paramount rulers from within the church, as well as the physical transformations of same and the other developmental strides of your administration.”
The prelate, who hails from Benue State expressed appreciation to Governor Ortom for his support towards the recently concluded conference of the Methodist Church.
“Thank you your Excellency for all these and for your generous help towards the just hosted 48th/13th Biennial Conference of the Methodist Church Nigeria that was hosted by the Archdiocese of Benue under my leadership as the Archbishop.
“l am glad to inform you that the 48th/13th Conference of Methodist Church Nigeria was indeed a success and that the climax of the event resulted in the emergence of a Benue son as the first Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria from Northern extraction, after 180 years of Methodism in Nigeria which was keenly contested.”
Responding, Governor Ortom congratulated the Most Revd Aba on his historic emergence as the Methodist Church Prelate-Elect. He said that it was one of the fruits of the dedication of Benue to God.
He assured the prelate-elect that he would personally grace the scheduled investiture service, stating that the government and people of the state must share in the joy and blessings of the occasion.