“I salute you this morning.
On behalf of myself, government and people of the state, I wish to express my shock, dismay and sadness at the killings that took place yesterday, Tuesday 24th April, 2018 in Gwer East local government area of the state by suspected insurgents that claimed the lives of 19 people including 2 Catholic priests.
God Almighty will condole the members of the immediate families of the victims. Our hearts are also, with the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi.
I wish to seize this opportunity to call for calm as the security operatives are on top of the situation, combing the affected areas for the perpetrators of this dastardly and immoral act to be brought to justice.
I call on the people of Benue state to remain law abiding, vigilant and continue to be security conscious, to immediately report any suspicious gathering or movement in their vicinities. The state government is currently liaising with the federal government to send in more security personnel to cope with the current rise in the security situation in the state.
Finally, I urge our citizens to continue to be prayerful as we pass through this dark episode of our collective history with oneness and sincerity of purpose.
God bless all of us
God bless Benue state
God bless Nigeria.