Benue State Governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam has called for collective action by political, religious, community and other leaders and stakeholders to stem the insecurity situation in the North, which has profoundly undermined economic activities in that part of the country.
The governor also expressed concern over the wanton destruction of lives and property by the Boko Haram sect, which is gradually eroding the value of life in Nigeria. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Public Affairs), the governor observed that society could only make progress when people were guided by the spirit of love, harmony and peaceful co-existence as espoused by Jesus Christ Himself while on earth.
Suswam, who felicitated with the people of Benue State on the occasion of this year’s Easter celebration, which commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ opined that since the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ brought salvation to the human race, it was incumbent on humanity to reciprocate the gesture by dedicating their lives to the service of God Almighty.
While urging Christians not to allow the joy of Christ’s resurrection to overshadow the sacrifice of death, which preceded it, the governor called on people, particularly the Christian community, to be prepared to make sacrifices in the interest of nation building at a time the country was facing security challenges being perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect. He enjoined the people to continue to be vigilant and report any acts capable of causing a breach of the peace to appropriate security agencies, saying that without peace, development would be a mirage. He thanked the people of Benue State for the support and commitments extended to his administration since it assumed office. The governor also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his steadfastness and dedication to the transformation of Nigeria.