Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has called for 30 days of fasting and intense prayers by the Benue people to seek God’s favour in combating the renewed herdsmen attack in some parts of the state.
Ortom made this call on Thursday in Makurdi while interacting with newsmen on the occasion of his 59th birthday.
The governor, who regretted the renewed onslaught on his people by the herdsmen, said he had resorted to prayers for divine intervention.
He appreciated God for granting him 59 years of age and described the journey so far as “tough”.
He said some of his school mates were not as lucky and assured that he would continue to work hard to deliver good governance to the people for their acts of uncommon love to him.
“You voted for me in 2015 and again you returned me in 2019. I owe you a great deal, I will continue to work hard to provide good governance.
He called for patience during the COVID-19 lockdown, saying, the stay-at-home order was for the overall good of the people.
Ortom said Benue was signatory to the 14 days proposed lockdown of the economy and described it as the right thing to do in order to contain the spread of the pandemic.
The highpoint of the interaction was the presentation of the governor’s life portrait to him by members of the Correspondent Chapel, led by their Acting Chairman, Mr Attah Ede of the Punch Newspapers.
Ede had extolled the virtues of the governor in exemplary leadership, stressing that the chapel was proud of his achievements.