Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has urged Nigerians to continue praying for President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders in the country so that they can provide leadership that promotes peace and unity.
The Governor made the call on Sunday during separate thanksgiving masses held at St Dominic Catholic Church Sachi and St Joseph’s Quasi-Parish Nyon to commemorate the birthdays of the Speakers of the Benue State House of Assembly, Titus Uba and Wanteregh Paul Unongo.
The Governor also asked Nigerians for help in mitigating the impact of the state’s humanitarian crisis, which has been exacerbated by people staying in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps for more than five years.
He commended the Church, particularly the Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe, the Governors of Rivers, Taraba, and Akwa Ibom States, donor and faith-based organizations, as well as individuals, for their response to the plight of the over 1.5 million IDPs.
He stated that the humanitarian crisis has stretched the state’s resources, and he appealed for the assistance of good-hearted individuals, governments, corporate organizations, and civil society groups in meeting the needs of the displaced people.
Also Read:Chinese firm woos investors to Nigeria
While describing Speaker Titus Uba as a humble personality whose leadership the State Assembly has enacted people-oriented laws, the Governor referred to Paul Unongo as a “encyclopedia” in Nigerian politics from whom he learned a number of things about leadership.
The celebrants, for their part, expressed gratitude to God for adding a year to their lives, while also thanking the Governor and other guests for joining them on the auspicious occasion.
Any northerner vying for the presidency does not love Nigeria – CAC President
Pastor Samuel Oladele, President of the Christ Apostolic Church Nigeria and Overseas, has stated that anyone from the north planning to run for president does not love the country.
During a press conference held at the church’s Ikeja Arakeji branch last week, he stated this.
“The presidency should rotate between the north and the south,” Oladele stated. That isn’t a perfect arrangement, either, because it isn’t one when it comes to the north. The South is not one of them either. To allow peace to reign in this country, I would like to state unequivocally that anyone among the Northerners vying for the presidency after General Buhari in 2023 does not love this country.
“Whatever the case may be, the South does not lack good leaders. The North occupying the seat for eight years and now claiming it should return is not going to help this country at all. Zoning or rotation is ideal for a country like ours. If anyone from the north declares that he will run for president again in 2023, that person does not love this country at all. The rotation of the presidency has been beneficial to us.”
He also stated that it appeared as if God was using Nigeria’s president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret. ), as a form of punishment for all Nigerians.
Also Read: IPOB bans Nigerian flag in Southeast
Oladele expressed his disappointment with the president’s performance, saying that he had voted for him in 2011 and rejoiced with the news that he had won the elections, and that it appeared as if God was using Buhari as a punishment for all Nigerians.
“I persuaded some friends to vote for him,” Oladele said. When he didn’t win in 2011, I voted for him. I wasn’t in the country when he won in 2015, but when we heard that President Jonathan had conceded victory to him, we all shouted and jumped for joy. But he has let down everyone who once admired and loved him because what is happening in Nigeria today defies logic.