By Achiri Igiri-West and James Ibechi, Makurdi
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has reiterated the commitment of his administration to go against the people in possession of illegal arms if they refuse to surrender at the end of the Amnesty period.
The governor stated this during this year’s interdenominational church service to mark the nation’s 55th Independence Anniversary organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Benue State government.
Governor Ortom, who was represented at the occasion by the state Commissioner for information and Orientation, Hon. Odeh Ageh, said having extended the Amnesty period, the government would not tolerate those that would flout the policy.
His words: “No group or individual was exempted and so we expect all those with these illegal arms to hand them over within the stipulated period to avoid the wrath of the law.”
He said since taking over the mantle of leadership in the state his government had achieved much in the area of education where students in medical schools would now graduate as their programmes have received full accreditation.
He expressed optimism that with the release of N200m for the renovation of School of Nursing and Midwifery it would also receive full accreditation soon.
The governor also said to cushion the effect of the flood that has ravaged several homes the government has provided shelter at the Ultra International Market for the internally displaced persons.
He called on the Church to continue to sustain “the government which they brought about with prayers.”
Governor Ortom also enjoined the Church to be “bold to tell us when we err so that we can retrieve our steps for good of all.”
Also speaking at the occasion, the state chairman of CAN, Archbishop Yinam Orkwa, called on Mr. Terhemen Tarzor the PDP’s candidate in the last governorship election not to proceed with the case he instituted at the election petition tribunal as it would be an exercise in futility.
‘’Such will not yield answer because the election of Governor Ortom was the decision of the people. Benue should not go to tribunal always when God gives somebody an opportunity to serve; others should allow him to do so. Please, allow peace to reign,” he said.
He called on leaders to rule with the fear of God and always follow due process to elicit appropriate reactions from the followers.
The service which was held at Ecwa Church was attended by top government functionaries, clerics and traditional rulers.