The Benue State Government says it is committed to one indivisible Nigeria and the protection of the rights all ethnic groups residing in the state.
Governor Samuel Ortom gave the indication today at a meeting with traditional rulers and stakeholders various groups at Benue People’s House, Makurdi.
He said the meeting was a proactive step by his administration to prevent reprisal attacks that are going on in parts of the country as a result of agitations from spreading to Benue.
The Governor who noted that Benue was not in support of any secessionist agitation going on in the country warned mischief makers who would want to cause violence in the state to desist or face the wrath of the law.
He assured members of ethnic nationalities residing in the state of adequate protection of their lives and investments and enjoined them to do their lawful businesses in the state without any fear of molestation.
Governor Ortom charged traditional rulers and leaders of the other ethnic groups to take the message of peace to their localities and never hesitate to report any one trying to cause trouble to the authorities for appropriate action.
In his remarks, Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse, commended the proactive steps of the Governor to calm nerves and expressed the commitment of the Tiv traditional area council in ensuring peace and unity of the country.
Also speaking, Och’Idoma, Elias Ikoyi Obekpa who described Benue as the most peaceful state in the country said it will not give up that status in support of any agitation, notwithstanding the fact that the economy of the state was dominated by non-indigenes.
In their separate responses, leaders of the South West, South-South, South East and the Hausa Communities expressed their belief in Nigeria as an indivisible entity and assured that their people will not do anything to jeopardise their stay in the state which they described as the most peaceful.