By Matthew Ajai-Kume
Governor Samuel Ortom has called for the convocation of a sovereign national conference in order to address the issues of justice, equity and development of the country.
The Benue State Governor canvassed this position in an address during an interdenominational thanksgiving Service organised by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in conjunction with Benue State Government for the celebration of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary held at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Square, Makurdi.
According to governor Ortom, the conference would make Nigerians to dig deep into issues that can make the country stronger and prosperous.
He expressed his dismay over problems that are taking place in the country such as terrorism, banditry, fulani herdsmen killings and destruction of properties, kidnapping and called on Federal Government to step up efforts in the protection of lives and property of Nigerians.
The Governor called on the Federal Government to implement the resolutions and recommendations of 2014 CONFAB which was convened by then President Goodluck Jonathan administration while he called on federal government to abandon the proposed CAMA law which he said is mainly to regulate that activities of churches and mosques.
In his address, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Benue State Chapter, Rev. Akpen Leva said the Armed Fulani Herdsmen killing of innocent souls and destruction of property of Nigerians and the people of Benue State in particular has remained one of the most disturbing security problem in the country.
Reverend Leva called on the Federal Government to redeemed its earlier promise of resettling Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Benue State with Ten Billion Naira .
In a sermon ,the Archbishop of the All Nations Evangelism Miniseries, Dr Yimam Orkwar charged Nigerians to surrender to Jesus Christ who is the author and finisher of our faith while he called for the country to return to the Parliamentary System of Government since the Federal System of Government has failed the country.
Earlier, Governor Samuel Ortom took the First reading from the book of Psalms 124:1-8, the Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Titus Uba took the second reading from Exodus 14:1-13 and the Chief Judge of Benue State, Justice Aondoaver Kakaan read Nehemiah 2: 17-20.
Other side attractions of the 60th Independence Anniversary Thanksgiving Service in Makurdi, Benue State, prayers were made to God for the peace of the country and particularly Benue State, match pass display by the Boys Brigade (BB) singing of Praise and Worship songs by NKST Sunday School, Tiv Choir of Catholic Church, Doom Hankyaa and recitation of a poem by Master Israel Ortom.
Governor Ortom was accompanied to the service by his Deputy, Engr. Benson Abounu and other members of the state Executive Council.