By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” Governor Gabriel Suswam ofÂ Benue State has urged Nigerians to build on the bond of unity the founding fathers of the nation established years ago which, according to him, continues to be a source of pride to all Nigerians around the world.
Suswam noted that the strength of the nation lies in its unity and advised Nigerians to shun every tendency that would jeopardise the sense of oneness that radiates amongst the people of Nigeria.
The Governor who spoke while playing host to the Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Saidu Dakingari, in Makurdi, noted that if Nigerians continued to build on the foundation of love and unity as exemplified by the founding fathers of the country, the spate of ethno-religious conflicts threatening the unity, peace and development of the nation would be effectively stemmed.
He further suggested the building of cross cultural relationships and marriages in order to deepen the bond of love and togetherness amongst the people of the country.
According to him, â€œGovernors across the country could go a step further by initiating inter-state visits in order to drive down this philosophy of ‘one nation bound by true love’.â€
Suswam noted that such inter-state visits would build friendships amongst the leaders of different zones in the country irrespective of their religious and cultural inclinations, emphasizing that this approach would lead to better understanding of the idiosyncrasies of each tribe that make up Nigeria.
Earlier in his address, Governor Saidu Dakingari of Kebbi State said he was in Benue State to commiserate with Governor Suswam over the loss of his uncle.
Dakingari said Benue State was the first state he would be visiting officially since his inauguration as Governor of Kebbi State, stressing that his decision was based on what he described as the outstanding development strides of his counterpart in Benue State.