Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has called for a united Nigeria as Christians celebrate this year’s Christmas all over the world.
In a Christmas message issued by the governor’s spokesman, Nathaniel Ikyur, Governor Ortom urged Benue people and Nigerians not to lose hope in the country’s project, calling on Nigerians to continue to work together to build an indivisible country.
Governor Ortom noted that as Nigerians celebrate the 2021 Christmas, the yearly commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the love God has for mankind should be everyone’s watchword, stressing that it should inspire Nigerians to love and live in peace with one another.
He observed that the period creates an opportunity for all Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic, political or religious affiliation to come together and work consciously to dislodge the common enemy, terrorist forces destabilising the country to ensure sanity in the system.
Governor Ortom lamented the pain the activities of the terror groups wrecked on the political, economic and social life of Nigerians, stressing that it had dragged the country to its knees.
He said, “As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, let us celebrate as one big Nigerian family with love and care for one another.”
He added that Nigerians should avoid divisive tendencies where religion, ethnicity and political differences have eaten deep into their lives, saying this is not the country Nigerians looked forward to.
He stressed that the season presents to Nigerians a unique time to share love genuinely, first to their immediate families and also to the larger Nigerian family where they speak and act for the unity of the country irrespective of their political or religious differences.
Governor Ortom warned that Nigerians must not allow criminality by terrorists and their sponsors to continue to destroy the nation, calling on all to come together to end it now for the benefit of the children and future generations.