Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has urged Muslim faithful in the country to imbibe the values and lessons of Ramadan as guide to their relationship with people of other religions.
He said this while congratulating Muslims for successfully completing the Ramadan fast.
The governor, in an Eid-El-Fitri message released by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, wished all Muslims a happy, peaceful and rewarding Eid-El-Fitr celebration.
Ortom explained that although the season is expected to stir celebrations, the mood of the state remained sober owing to the mindless attacks that Benue has experienced since the beginning of the year.
He said the humanitarian crisis rocking the state had overstretched its resources with over 500,000 persons currently displaced and about 180,000 of that number living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
The governor, however, expressed the State Government’s determination to ensure the return of the IDPs to their ancestral homes and guarantee the resumption in school of the 80,000 affected children.
He pledged the resolve of his administration to continue to defend the freedom and rights of its people through implementation of the Benue Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law which seeks to protect both farmers and herders.
Governor Ortom is optimistic that though the challenges of governance have been huge in the last three years, the present administration in the state remains focused on fulfilling its promises to the people.
“I urge you to imbibe the core values and lessons of Ramadan such as piety, generosity, peaceful coexistence and justice to guide their relations with fellow human beings,” he said.