By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” THE Benue State government has advised the people of the state to shun dangerous rumours being peddled by some persons which are aimed at creating disaffection in the state in order to set the people against one another and the government.
The stateâ€™s acting Governor, Chief Steven Lawani, counselled the people of the state in a key note address during the celebration of the United Nations World Peace Day at the IBB Square, Makurdi.
The Governor who lamented enormous amount being spent on conflict resolutions in the state regretted that if such amount is directed to other sectors like agriculture, the people would be better for it.
The acting governor disclosed that government was more interested in strengthening its citizensâ€™ rights through the Ministry of Justice in conflict resolution by partnering with security agencies to fight crime and discourage arms proliferation in the state.
Lawani urged the people to be vigilant at all times, stressing that the citizens should form the habit of reporting the presence of strange faces in their neighbourhood to the police.
He eulogised the Benue State Command of the Nigerian Police Force for its prompt reaction to the abduction of an elder statesman in the state, Chief Simon Shango, in Makurdi which accounted for his quick release by his captors.
In their separate remarks, the Catholic Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Rt. Rev. Athanasius Usuh and the Chief Imam of Makurdi, Mallam Yusuf Idris decried at the spate of conflicts in the country which they blamed on the political class.
The religious leaders urged politicians to refrain from politics of win at all cost but rather imbibe the spirit of fairness, love, understanding and forgiveness.
The guest speaker Dr. Magdalene Dura, condemned the practice of setting up committees to adjudicate on conflicts matters.