The Emir of Lafia, HRM Justice Sidi Bage Mohammed (rtd), has lauded Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State for his efforts toward ensuring the security of his people.
The traditional ruler gave the commendation Tuesday when he received Governor Ortom who paid him a condolence visit in Lafia over the death of his brother, Alhaji Safiyanu Bage.
The retired jurist commended the governor’s commitment in securing his people, particularly the laws enacted by the Ortom administration, saying the laws are in tandem with the reality on ground.
He said, “I took some time to go over some of the laws that your administration has enacted and I have no quarrel about them. I did say that this is in order. I remember Your Excellency said if there were any suggestions that I could make for the improvement of the laws, I did not really find one.”
The paramount ruler acknowledged that the governor has shown passion and commitment for the safety of his people, pointing out that the enactment of laws was meant to enhance security in the state.
He said even though there are challenges, the efforts were paying off.
In his words, “We thank you for all the good work that you’re doing. I have been one that clearly understood His Excellency and I have always maintained and mentioned it anywhere before any kind of audience, because people who do not really care to understand may say what they want to say.
“What is important is that if there is any given situation or circumstance try to understand it, try to have good knowledge of it before you can enter into any kind of judgement.”
He said he had taken time to study some of the laws enacted by the Ortom administration in Benue State, noting that he had no issues concerning such laws.
Governor Ortom consoled the Emir over the loss of his brother and urged him to be strong and look unto God who gives and takes life.
He also used the opportunity to congratulate the traditional ruler on his ascending to the throne, noting that he is a great Nigerian whose wealth of knowledge will benefit the society and prayed for his reign to be peaceful.