From Sissa Abubakar – Makurdi
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has canvassed for a new Nigeria devoid of acrimony and insecurity.
In his New Year goodwill message signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Nathaniel Ikyur, the governor also charged the citizenry to join the vanguard of rescuing Nigeria from all forms of terrorism and banditry.
While he decried the unpleasant security situation in 2022 he tasked security agents and all men of goodwill to do more to arrest the deteriorating situation in the country. He said never again should Nigeria be left in the hands of terrorists in 2023 and beyond for the benefit of generations yet unborn.
He, however, noted that the way out of all forms of restlessness that have pervaded the nation was to vote out the present All Progressives Congress (APC) from the center and from all positions of leadership.
Ortom explained that when this is in place, it would bring about a new Nigeria where peace and security would be guaranteed, even as he urged the citizens to join the vanguard to rescue the country from all forms of malaise.
The Governor said, “If we consciously participate in the electoral process to elect credible leaders into various offices in 2023, the nation would rid its polity of terrorists and bad leadership.
Furthermore, Ortom who stated that it has become imperative that citizens refrain from mundane issues of religious or ethnic bias, admonished the Federal Government to strive to address issues of insecurity threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria in a manner that would give everyone hope and comfort.
He noted that a nation without bad leadership would lead to an egalitarian society where every citizen is free to ply his or her legitimate trade according to the dictates of the law in any part of the country without fear of molestation or intimidation.
On his part, Governor Ortom said he has done a lot to check insecurity in Benue State.
Part of the statement read, “The state government has strengthened the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards and Livestock Guards with more vehicles and motorcycles to complement the services of the conventional security agencies in the state to contain the activities of terrorists and criminals in the state.
“The people of the state should always cooperate with security agencies by providing useful information and all necessary assistance that would facilitate their operations. Security agencies cannot do it alone except citizens complement their untiring efforts.”
Governor Ortom also wish Nigerians a peaceful and prosperous year, 2023, adding that the year promises prosperity for the people inspite of the security and economic challenges facing the nation.
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