Political leaders in Benue State, including the governor-elect, Dr Samuel Ortom, Senators George Akume and Barnabas Gemade have subscribed to the reconciliation agenda set by religious leaders in the state.
According to a press statement by the media adviser to the governor-elect, Tahav Agerzua, which was made available to Nigerian Pilot in Makurdi, the state capital, the move for reconciliation came after Catholic Bishops and the synod of the NKST Church urged the political leaders to put behind issues that transpired during the election period and reconcile with one another so as to collectively chart a development course for the people of the state.
The Catholic Bishops and the synod of the NKST Church were said to have organised separate thanksgiving service at the weekend at St John’s Cathedral, Gboko, and College of Health Technology, Mkar, to express appreciation to God for peaceful polls.
Bishop of Gboko Diocese, William Avenyaduring the occasion appealed to those elected to utilise their positions to better the lot of the people whom he said were passing through untold hardship.
The Tor Tiv, Dr Alfred Torkula urged the leaders to embrace tolerance, accommodation, magnanimity and forgiveness which, according to him, are among the positive ingredients for peace, unity and peace.
Governor Gabriel Suswam, represented by his deputy, Chief Steve Lawani, expressed appreciation to the people for the opportunity to serve for eight years and regreted mistakes made in some areas, pointing out that no administration could record 100 percent achievements.
Senator Akume commended the initiative of the religious leaders and acknowledged the efficacy of prayers and urged all to contribute to the regeneration of the state, even as he also appealed to Governor Suswam to embrace the healing and reconciliation process.
Senator Gemade described the thanksgiving services as a milestone to commence the healing process, saying the greatest lesson from what had happened was that man should allow God to take preeminence.
The governor-elect, Dr Ortom stated that a new dawn had come to the state, even as he urged all to embrace the rule of law.


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