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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has expressed excitement that the state was hosting the All Anglican Clergy Conference in Makurdi and assured that the security of delegates was guaranteed.
He expressed the excitement at the opening ceremony at the Benue State University saying the choice of Benue to host the event was ordained by God due to the prevailing peace in the state occasioned by sound government security measures.
Governor Ortom said the government and people of the state believed in divine intervention in human affairs explaining that the conviction accounted for the dedication of the state to God at the end of May this year.
According to him, his faith in God right from his teenage years has accounted for his elevation from humble beginnings to his present status assuring that he was resolute in serving God wholeheartedly.
He expressed appreciation to the Primate of the Church, Most Reverend Bishop Nicholas Okoh, other clergy and laity of the church for making themselves available for God to use to bless the present generation and attributed to his becoming Governor to prayers of the church.
Governor Ortom urged them to carry on with activities at the conference without any fear of molestation and advised Benue people to put their trust in God to experience breakthrough in all facets of life.
He said he was sure that the conference would bring blessings to the people of the state as well as all the delegates.
On the economic situation in the state, the Governor assured that his administration was working tirelessly to promote focus on the entire agricultural value chain which he said would turn around the economy for the better.
In his remark, the Primate of the Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Bishop Okoh, thanked the Governor Ortom for his contributions toward the success of the conference.
He reiterated the anti-gay stand of the Anglican Church in Nigeria and advised members of the clergy who have gay tendencies to resign their position honourably or risk being disgraced out the Church.
The Primate also advised the clergy not to charge money for services rendered to members of the public, saying those found culpable would be sanction in accordance with church laws.
More than 15,000 pastors and 200 Bishops from across the entire country are attending the one week conference.