The Governors of Benue and Taraba States, Samuel Ortom, and Darius Ishaku tonight pledged their commitment to peaceful coexistence between people and communities in their states.
They made the pledge at a dinner Governor Ortom hosted for his visiting Taraba counterpart at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi.
The two Governors stated that apart from the fact that they have similar experiences having served in the Federal Executive Council as Ministers of State, they also faced formidable obstacles which they overcame to be elected.
According to them this indicated that they had been destined to be in their present positions to ensure peace between the people of the two states.
Governor Ishaku stated that he had requested his people to give him peace so that he could reciprocate by giving them development while his Benue counterpart said he had demonstrated commitment to peace by declaring an amnesty program after which the security agencies in the state would go after possessors of illegal weapons.
They said their states had a lot in common such as both Tiv and Jukun being indigenous to the states as well as farming as the major occupation of the two ethnic groups.
The Taraba State Governor expressed appreciation for what he described as the traditional hospitality of the Benue people and wished that their peace efforts would be sustained.
Governor Ortom announced that the two states would hold joint security meeting tomorrow.
The Benue State Arts Council entertained the guests who included the Aku Uka as well as paramount ruler of Donga.
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