Benue State Governor-elect, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, Senators George Akume and Barnabas Gemade, together with other political leaders in the state have subscribed to the reconciliation agenda set by religious leaders in the state.
Catholic Bishops and the synod of the NKST Church yesterday and today organized thanksgiving services at St John’s Cathedral Gboko, and College of Health Technology Mkar to express appreciation to God for peaceful polls in the state.
They also urged the political leaders to put behind the electioneering period and reconcile with one another so as to collectively chart a development course for the people of the state.
Bishop of Gboko Diocese, William Avenya, appealed to those elected to utilize their positions to better the lot of the people who he said are 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.
Professor Akase Paul Sorkaa former Vice Chancellor of the Benue State University, urged the incoming administration to place priority on health care, education, portable water, and rule of law while Mrs Helen Bendega expressed optimism that Benue would be reinvented and appealed for the involvement of women in the process.
Chief of Staff to Governor Gabriel Suswam, Professor Saint Gbilekaa, suggested that emphasis should be placed on agriculture in the job creation agenda even as youths should be urged to abandon crime and embrace legal means of livelihood.
Governor Suswam, represented by his Deputy, Chief Steve Lawani, expressed appreciation to the people for the opportunity to serve for eight years and regrets for mistakes made in some areas pointing out that no administration can 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.
He commended the NKST for their pioneering work in evangelization and education which he said have produced so many eminent Nigerians even as he urged youths to shun cultism and crime and instead embrace education while those who possess arms should turn them in to government.
Senator Gemade described the thanksgiving services as a milestone to commence the healing process saying the greatest lesson from what has happened is that man should allow God to take preeminence.
His wife, Chief Mrs Victoria Gemade urged Christians to persevere in prayer and those who promote discord to desist from the practice.
Chief Dr Ortom stated that a new dawn had come to the state and that all must embrace the rule of law.
Rev Dr Philip Tachin preached the sermon from Matthew 6: 9-13 and urged all to work for the coming of the kingdom of God.